|A Course on the Uniqueness of Chinese|
3 Sessions (Tuesdays, February 17 - March 3 ~ 6:30-8:30pm)
All languages are interesting in their respective ways. For a genuine uniqueness, Chinese is nonpareil, as it singularly blends high music and captivating pictures, resulting in the visceral quality of the language. Every character, like a pearl, glows as a pictographic symbol that tells a story alternately moralistic, somber, amusing, or melancholy. Chinese is a written language that possesses a luster all its own, to be treasured like a painting, and thus these pearl-like characters must be set to what the Chinese perceive to be the right sounds and tones (pitches). By contrast, other languages, such as English, are similar to embroidery, with words resembling threads that must be woven together to function and shine. An understanding of this conceptual logic of the Chinese language should therefore elucidate why the structural rules of the Chinese language are founded on the pictures these characters represent, and why they must be placed in a grammatical order that abides by the rules of a precise natural sequence and scope.
This course will explore the musicality of the language and the artistic and ingenious features of the written characters as living images of the Chinese culture. An in-depth understanding of Chinese written characters, their sounds, and the tonal system enables one to grasp the structure of the Chinese language and, through all this learning, come to understand the culture and people of China.
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