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Term Glossary: Wade-Giles

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Wade-Giles


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Wade-Giles was a system to translate Chinese characters into Latin that was developed in the 1800s. Most original manuscripts published in English about China used Wade-Giles. It has almost entirely been replaced by the Hanyu Pinyin system.

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Tai chi 101 : Is it Tai Chi, Taiji, taichi, or T’ai Chi Chuan? Yes.

              Here is a little history and an explanation. Chinese is made up of characters and ideograms to represent the concept of what they are writing about.  Whereas the writing you are currently reading  is a string of sounds that your brain puts together to get the concept.  Up until recently, most writings on Chinese topics in English used the Wade-Giles system.  This is a system that was developed by a British ambassador to China (Wade) in the mid 1800s and refined ... Read More