Cool World Language Stats Graphics

(I… can’t… quite… remember how to use my blog… Oh yes. It’s coming back to me now. I type here, right?) I saw this fun article “The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts” from the Washington Post today and wanted to mention it. Notice where Chinese shows up in each graphic, for example: It was also fun […]

My First Comic Feature

I just got an email from Magnus and Mingxing saying they made a comic out of one of my little rants. Maybe this sort of thing happens to you all the time, but I’m so flattered that I’m considering changing the topic of this blog to “Silly Stuff About Chinese That Can Be Made Into […]

Words That are Their Own Palindromes

There are only 400+ possible syllables in Chinese. That makes listening comprehension (both for me and the person I’m talking to) a bit of a nightmare. But despite the many downsides, there are actually some fun things about a syllabic language. Besides how amazingly easy it is to rhyme in Chinese, it’s fun that the […]

Pinch Sounds Like It Is

I can’t really explain it, but ever since I learned a new word for “pinch” yesterday, I can’t help thinking it’s a kind of a tactile onomatopoeia. qiā Tell me it doesn’t sound like the action of pinching or maybe the cry of someone who’s just been pinched. Qia! What are you doing?! I […]