Can You Read Shang?

The Shang were the first Chinese people to invent writing. The Shang people, who lived over 3000 years ago, etched characters - pictures - onto bones. Shang writing is known as 'oracle bone script'. Other ancient scripts, such as Egypt's hieroglyphics, fell out of use, but oracle bone script developed into the modern characters which Chinese people still use today.

Use the arrow buttons to match the Shang 'pictures' to the English words - and then choose the corresponding modern Chinese character. Click the Checkmark button when you match three across the middle row. Click START to begin or reset the game.

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