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Chinese Words can be Creative with Word Play!

Creativity in every stroke

 

Simplicity in Complex Words

Chinese characters are composed of different strokes, which can be complicated for young learners. However, each stroke is derived from an ancient drawing.

The Chinese language has evolved for 6,000 years, with its beginnings in the oracle bone script. The composition of Chinese characters is generally categorised into six types namely pictograms, simple ideograms, compound ideograms, rebus, phono-semantic compounds and transformed cognates. Among them, phono-semantic compounds account for the most number of characters.

Understanding the origins and structure of Chinese characters will make learning Chinese easy.

Chinese can be Fun

Chou Sing Chu Foundation created a simple game of Word Play cards to help primary and secondary school students understand the composition of Chinese characters. Students will get to discover the art of every stroke and the beauty of each compound. The simple A6 cards with six commonly used radicals provide a creative drawing board.

Word Play created by Chou Sing Chu Foundation

Word Play created by Chou Sing Chu Foundation

Led by a staff of Chou Sing Chu Foundation, the students will be introduced to the principles of Chinese characters formations and can create their own word designs.

CSCF staff explaining the evolution of Chinese characters to St Anthony Canossian Secondary School students

CSCF staff explaining the evolution of Chinese characters to St Anthony Canossian Secondary School students

Introducing Sing Chu Word Play to West Spring Primary School students

Introducing Sing Chu Word Play to West Spring Primary School students

Using colour pencils, markers, and other materials, the students are limited only by their creativity when designing their choice of words. Beauty is indeed found in every stroke, and the meaning of every word is presented artfully. Creative characters can be found in the creation of students from all levels. Now who says Chinese is boring?

Creation by St Anthony Canossian Secondary School student

Creation by St Anthony Canossian Secondary School student

Creation by Nan Chiau High School student

Creation by Nan Chiau High School student

Creation of a flip card designed by Greendale Primary School Primary 5 student

Creation of a flip card designed by Greendale Primary School Primary 5 student

Please contact us at 69085080 or email to cscf@chouscfoundation.org for collaboration of Word Play.