The Chinese language is rightly treasured as the country's greatest accomplishment. Our language section introduces the historical and linguistic background that greatly adds to the appreciation of China. The written script has fascinated Western scholars for centuries. In the language section we include some introductory lessons, a guide to how it is written and some of the oldest classical texts.
Although the Chinese abacus has been abandoned in favor of the digital calculator there are still many Chinese children still learning how to use the abacus at night classes. This is because the mental skills required to use an abacus are important in developing mental arithmetic. A recent competition to find the fastest brain for computing a sum was won by people who had learned the abacus. Once the skill is gained it is fairly easy to compute complex sums by imagining carrying it out on an abacus. You could see this by noting how the winner's fingers twitch while they are computing. Read More
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