Street-Smart Language Learning™Foreign Language Mastery | Tips, Tools & Tech for Learning Any Foreign Language Quickly, Cheaply, and On Your OwnCursos Gratis On-lineLearn Mandarin Chinese - Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons - Learn to Speak Mandarin ChineseJuggling languages can build better brainsOnce likened to a confusing tower of Babel, speaking more than one language can actually bolster brain function by serving as a mental gymnasium, according to researchers. Recent research indicates that bilingual speakers can outperform monolinguals--people who speak only one language--in certain mental abilities, such as editing out irrelevant information and focusing on important information, said Judith Kroll, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Penn State. These skills make bilinguals better at prioritizing tasks and working on multiple projects at one time. "We would probably refer to most of these cognitive advantages as multi-tasking," said Kroll, director of the Center for Language Science. "Bilinguals seem to be better at this type of perspective taking." Kroll said that these findings counter previous conclusions that bilingualism hindered cognitive development. This language selection, or code switching, is a form of mental exercise, according to Kroll.
Stroke orderBasic principles Chinese characters are basically logograms constructed with strokes. Over the millennia a set of generally agreed rules have been developed by custom. The Eight Principles of Yong (永字八法 Pinyin: yǒngzì bā fǎ; Japanese: eiji happō; Korean: 영자팔법, yeongjapalbeop, yŏngjap'albŏp) uses the single character 永, meaning "eternity", to teach eight of the most basic strokes in Regular Script. Stroke order per style Jiǎgǔwén Jīnwén Dàzhuàn Xiǎozhuàn Lìshū Cǎoshū Xíngshū Kǎishū (trad.) Kǎishū (simp.) Ancient China In ancient China, the Jiǎgǔwén characters carved on ox scapula and tortoise plastrons showed no indication of stroke order. Imperial China In early Imperial China, the common script was the Xiaozhuan style. The true starting point of stroke order is the Lìshū style (clerical script) which is more regularized, and in some ways similar to modern text. Cursive styles and hand-written styles Stroke order per polity Alternative stroke orders 1. 2. 3.