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  • hardie karges 1:08 pm on July 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chinese,   

    Language Genes, Blue Jeans, and the DNA of Culture… 

    chinese-calendar-zodiac-symbolsIt’s easy to see how written alphabetic language becomes ideographic language, reading too fast to even notice the little spaces between vowels and consonants, much less the little gaps between verbs and nouns, so in that sense Chinese ideograms, originating from pictures, are ahead of the pack, just not conducive to the learning by increments of an alphabet imitating sound more or less. All alphabets originated from pictures, but quickly changed plans. Is there a single Chinese character to give the same meaning as ROTFLMFAO? I bet it looks like a dog…

  • hardie karges 3:35 pm on November 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chinese, Haiyan, Philippines, typhoon, Yolanda   

    Perfect Storm Typhoon Haiyan Gets a Sex Change 

    I only found out yesterday that Typhoon Haiyan is called ‘Yolanda’ in the Philippines.  I wonder if that’s standard procedure to give them female and/or Philippine names, or only if it’s a Chinese name that needs to be rejected.  

    In Indonesia Chinese letters and numbers (same thing) are illegal, so of course I had to wear my newly purchased Hong Kong T-shirt reading 香港 in the Jakarta airport 20 years ago.  Sure enough a policeman informed me that I was breaking the law.  I almost laughed in his face, but not quite.  I guess the ‘Year of Living Dangerously’ and the slaughter of thousands of resident Chinese in the name of anti-Communism was fresh on their minds, but still…  

    Maybe  a female name makes a storm seem more benevolent, Mother Nature and all, just a hissy fit or maybe that time of the month…

    BTW China pledge to increase the $100,000 is has pledged for disaster aid to the Philippines, nice guys, definitely hear more about that at treaty time…

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