Hanzi 汉字 and Pictures

So, Chinese writing ("characters") is a pictographic-based writing, where you can often still see glimpses of the original pictures reflected in the modern characters. This rich history seems to also particularly lend itself to graphic design, where often you can see advertisements and place signs where the characters have been written to explicitly incorporate these origin pictures, … Continue reading Hanzi 汉字 and Pictures


learning calligraphy

So, we've started taking calligraphy lessons. In Chinese culture, calligraphy was considered to be a higher art form than painting.  Originating in a history of characters carved into tortoise shells and bones, and evolving into characters written with brushes, calligraphy has six styles. We're starting our classes with the xiao zhuan (seal) style, where each line is … Continue reading learning calligraphy


Here's an example of language difference affecting thought. Latin gave 2 words to make English's peninsula: paene + insula Paene means "almost", and insula is "island, so our peninsulas are almost islands, almost cut off from the rest of the world on its eogcentric "main"lands. But in Chinese, the sense of the word has been cut down to: … Continue reading Peninsulas