Chinese writing is very different from most
other languages in the world. In the Chinese writing system, Chinese symbols represent
each character which corresponds to a single spoken syllable. A majority of words in all
modern varieties of Chinese require two or more characters to write. Many Chinese characters
were adopted according to their meaning by the Japanese and Korean languages to represent
native words, disregarding pronunciation altogether. Chinese characters are also considered to
be the world’s longest continuously used writing system.