Chinese characters


Written By: Ehsan Jahandarpour

Chinese characters, also called hanzi (traditional Chinese: 漢字; simplified Chinese: 汉字; pinyin: hànzì; lit. ‘Han characters’), are logograms developed for the writing of Chinese. In addition, they have been adapted to write other East Asian languages, and remain a key component of the Japanese writing system where they are known as kanji. Chinese characters in South Korea, which are known as hanja, retain significant use in Korean academia to study its documents, history, literature and records. Chinese characters are the oldest continuously used system of writing in the world. By virtue of their widespread current use throughout East and Southeast Asia, as well as their profound historic use throughout the Sinosphere, Chinese characters are among the most widely adopted writing systems in