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Phonetic Sets in Chinese Characters

By Confused Laowai | Date: March 12th, 2013 | Category: Chinese Characters
Phonetic Sets

You might have noticed that a few weeks ago I added a feature to HanziCraft that automatically tries to find pronunciation clues in each character. Using this tool, I decided to create phonetic sets using the 6800 most frequent Chinese characters. What is a phonetic set? I quote from HanziCraft A phonetic set is a list of characters where a component produces the same pronunciation clue towards each character. For instance, the component 马, which is pronounced as […]

Chinese Character Challenge – Level up!

By Confused Laowai | Date: January 10th, 2013 | Category: Chinese Characters

So Olle of Hacking Chinese decided to drop a bombshell on the first of January, his Chinese character challenge. What makes this different from other challenges or goals (new year resolutions?) is that this isn’t necessarily a pre-made goal (learn x amount of characters per day kind of thing), but rather a promotion of taking more effort in your Chinese character learning. Furthermore, it isn’t just an open goal for everyone to try on their own, but rather […]

The Dark Side of 玄

By Confused Laowai | Date: November 5th, 2012 | Category: Chinese Characters

After running a script last month to see where the first occurrence of a radicals appear in HSK, there were some interesting observations. Such as the fact that some radicals only occur on level 6 or some never occur! I decided to look at some of those radicals to investigate why they are so rare, and maybe learn a bit more about them. First up is 玄(xuán). It sits at radical number 95. Meaning 玄 […]

10 Really Interesting and Cool Chinese Characters

By Confused Laowai | Date: August 24th, 2012 | Category: Chinese Characters

While I was doing my Chinese character frequency experiment, I was looking quite a lot at the CEDICT dictionary file. I stopped whenever I saw interesting Chinese characters which I haven’t encountered before. I started collecting interesting looking characters which had cool stories behind them. Ones that made me go, “Woah that’s awesome” or “No way, that’s cool”. Maybe I’m just obsessed with Chinese characters, but I’m sure you’ll find these characters awesome. 1) 弓 […]

Chinese Characters in the Wild

By Confused Laowai | Date: February 6th, 2012 | Category: Chinese Characters

I went through some of my photos of my trip to China in June/July last year. I remember encountering some really awesome signs and Chinese characters being a bit different. Chinese typography is quite interesting for me. Here are some pictures of interesting Chinese characters in the wild: This was taken in Shanghai. Can’t remember what area exactly (maybe Xintiandi?), but I was just strolling around the street looking for interesting things. It immediately caught […]

Chinese Ligatures

By Confused Laowai | Date: January 15th, 2012 | Category: Chinese Characters

After browsing the Chinese New Year wikipedia page  (I was looking about for some greetings) I was instantly struck by the odd character close to bottom. My initial thought was that it was the Biang Biang noodle character, but lo and behold I was greeted by a ligature! This is when two or more graphemes, let’s just letters, or characters in this case are merged to form one unit. The Chinese New Year greeting in this case, […]

The strange abyss of Chinese Characters

By Confused Laowai | Date: March 7th, 2011 | Category: Chinese Characters

Yesterday, a friend of mine contacted me, saying he was doing a project for his Computer Science degree. He was playing around with encryption. He encrypted the sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” and then subsequently decrypted it. He apparently did the coding wrong and the program spit out this message: “周攠煵楣欠扲潷渠景砠橵灭敤癥爠瑨攠污穹⁤潧” He contacted me out of interest, asking if I understood what it said. Especially the final character: “潧” which […]