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Learn Mandarin the Chineasy Way

At FT Magazine, Isabel Berwick introduces Chineasy, a visual-based learning system invented by ShaoLan Hsueh that uses simple illustrations to help people recognize and interpret Chinese characters. “In a nutshell, I take...

Harmony Particles: Rebranding Air Pollution

As Beijing splutters under a combined smog blanket and sandstorm, China Daily reports a new initiative to choose a Chinese name for PM2.5 (sub-2.5 micrometer) pollutant particles: Because PM 2.5 uses the Latin alphabet, the...

Scholars Fight Back Against Roman Invasion

More than 100 scholars have protested the inclusion of 239 English words and abbreviations including NBA and PM2.5 in the Contemporary Chinese Dictionary. From Global Times: In the letter, experts point out that including such...

China Worries about Losing its Character(s)

The Los Angeles Times looks that the ways technology is usurping the written Chinese language: Almost any Chinese person you meet will confess to a lapse of memory, almost like a senior moment. The hand clutching the pen or...

Characters in the public interest – Joel Martinsen

From Danwei blog: Exhortations to “write standard characters” appear on banners and billboards throughout Beijing. This full-page spread in The Beijing News on Tuesday announces itself as a “public service advertisement,” (ÂÖ¨ÁõäÂπøÂëä), only the composer has mistakenly replaced “public welfare” (ÂÖ¨Áõä) with the homophone “justice” (ÂÖ¨‰πâ). The copy (click the image for the full thing) […]

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