Learn Chinese Etymology Online For Free

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Etymology is the study of the history of words, their origins, and how their form and meaning have changed over time.

There will be different etymology studies for different languages, among which, Chinese which I think is the most complicated and interesting.

Richard Sears, a handsome man, has studied Chinese etymology for 20 years, and show the study achievement on his website Chinese Etymology, which is the most complete online source for you to learn Chinese characters with etymology.


On the website, you just need to enter any single Chinese character, such as the default one “马” (Horse), and click the “Etymology” button, then you will get all the related etymology information about the character.

You can see how to write the character in Oracle, Bronze, Seal and some other old Chinese characters as well as Simplified and Traditional, you can read how to speak the character in Mandarin, Cantonese and Taiwanese, and you can also download the MP3 files for the character speaking in Mandarin and Taiwanese, but there is no MP3 files for Cantonese speaking.

There are all related contents about Chinese etymology on the website, without any advertisements, so Mr. Sears is asking for a donate to keep the website online and updated.

As a Chinese, I was shocked when coming across the website, not only because it is the most powerful source about Chinese etymology, but also because it offers English explanations, so it will be a great way for you to learn Chinese online.

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