Archive for June, 2006

Date: June 29th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Xiang2 – Auspicious

The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism

Date: June 29th, 2006
Cate: Otherwhere
1 msg

GADAFI HAS WEBLOG!!!!

Al Gathafi Speaks! With solutions to everything from the Korea problem to the World Cup – but still no definitive answer on how to spell his name.

Date: June 28th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Shu3 – Heat, Hot Weather

暑假 – Shu3 Jia4 – Hot Weather Vacation — Summer Vacation

Date: June 27th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Shu4 – Number, Figure, Count

數獨 – Shu4 Du2 – Number Single — Sudoku

Date: June 27th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Hong1 – Rumble, Explosion, Bang, Boom

轟炸 – Hong1 Zha4 – Rumble Explode — Bomb

Date: June 26th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Jian4 – (double-edged) Sword

短劍 – Duan3 Jian4 – Short Sword — Dagger

Other types of Chinese swords.

Date: June 25th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Sen1 – Forest

森林 – Sen1 Lin2 – Forest

Funky Forest was definitely the strangest movie I’ve ever seen. I usually avoid reading about movies so I have no idea what they are about beforehand, but in this case I have no idea what it was about even after having seen it! The only thing I know for sure is it has something to do with dancing.

Date: June 23rd, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Liang4 – Light, Bright

漂亮 – Piao4 Liang5 – Float Bright — Pretty, Beautiful

月亮 – Yue4 Liang4 – Moon Bright — Moon

Date: June 22nd, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Di4 – (prefix for ordinal)

第一 – Di4 Yi1 – (ordinal) One — First, Number One

Date: June 21st, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
4 msgs

– Ping2 – Screen

屏門 – Ping2 Men2 – Screen Door

Date: June 20th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Niao3 – Bird

蜂鳥 – Feng1 Niao3 – Bee Bird — Hummingbird

We have hummingbirds! He comes to the two Fuchsias Jenny hung at the front door.

Date: June 20th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
1 msg

– Ta1 – It

He and It are pronounced the same, but written differently.

Date: June 18th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Song1 – Loose, Pine

松鼠 – Song1 Shu3 – Pine Rat — Squirrel

Speaking of rats, Walde stepped on one in a subway station today! It didn’t like it.

Date: June 17th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
2 msgs

– Feng4 – Phoenix

鳳梨 – Feng4 Li2 – Phoenix Pear — Pineapple

???!??!

Date: June 17th, 2006
Cate: Regular
3 msgs

Flower

Date: June 17th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Shan1 – Mountain, Hill

Kind of looks like one.

Date: June 15th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Xue2 – Learn, Study, Science, -ology

New Chinese dictionary site: 學中文.net

Date: June 14th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Yi2 – To Doubt, To Misbelieve, To Suspect

猜疑 – Cai1 Yi2 – Guess Suspect — Suspicious

Date: June 13th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Gong1 – Merit, Achievement, Result, Service, Accomplishment

功夫 – Gong1 Fu5 – Kung Fu

Date: June 12th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Huan1 – Joyous, Happy, Pleased

歡迎 – Huan1 Ying2 – To Welcome, Welcome

Happiness is ninety-eight thousand three hundred and four working pixels.

Date: June 11th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Xiang4 – Look Like, Similar, Look, Appearance, Image, Picture

像點 – Xiang4 Dian3 – Picture Point — Pixel

Touching may be good, but stuck pixels are VERY VERY BAD!

Date: June 11th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
1 msg

– Zhou1 – Boat

The World Bible School has found incontrovertible proof of the literal truth of the Bible encoded in the most unlikely of places – the Chinese language! The theory is that Chinese, being the oldest continuously used written language, encodes Bible stories right into the characters. One of the most interesting examples is – Chuan2 – Ship. If you look inside this character, you find – Zhou1 – Boat + – Ba1 – Eight + – Kou3 – Mouth (person). As we all know, Noah’s Ark had eight people on it! QED.

Our friend Tian decided that this seemed to be a fun game and decided to have a go at it himself. His shocking result? Well, Jesus was a man who prayed on the cross. So if you take – Ren2 – Man + – Kou3 – Mouth (praying) + – Shi2 – Cross and put them together, you get – Dai1 – Stupid…???!?! Wait! What are the authors of ancient Chinese trying to tell us anyway?

Date: June 10th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Ya4 – Asia, Inferior

亞洲 – Ya4 Zhou1 – Asia Continent — Asia, Asian

I wonder why the same character means “Asia” and “Inferior”?

Date: June 8th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
3 msgs

– Ye4 – Night

半夜 – Ban4 Ye4 – Half Night — Midnight, Middle Of The Night

夜市 – Ye4 Shi4 – Night Market

Date: June 7th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Zhi4 – Will, Ambition

大志 – Da4 Zhi4 – Big Will — High Aims

眾志成城 – Zhong4 Zhi4 Cheng2 Cheng2 – Multitude Will Complete Wall — “Unity Of Will Is An Impregnable Stronghold”

Date: June 6th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Luo1 – Fussy, Talkative

囉唆 – Luo1 Suo1 – Fussy Incite — Bothersome

我很囉唆。 Or at least that’s what Jenny always says.

Date: June 5th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– You4 – Again, Both … And

I watched Wild Zero again, and Jenny saw it for the first time. Turns out not only does she cheat at video games, she also has terrible taste in movies!

Date: June 4th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
2 msgs

– Fang1 – Square, Quadrilateral, Direction, Just

立方 – Li4 Fang1 – Cube

I can’t beat level 16. Somehow Jenny beat the whole game, all 30 levels. Obviously, she must have cheated or got lucky somehow.

Date: June 4th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Zuo3 – Left

And – You4 – Right.

Date: June 3rd, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Bei3 – North

北京 – Bei3 Jing1 – North Capital — Beijing

Cardinal directions are now complete, along with , and 西.

Date: June 1st, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Wu3 – Dance, Wield, Brandish

跳舞 – Tiao4 Wu3 – Dance