Time for Resolutions

Written by Julen Madariaga on January 19th, 2009

I was wondering lately why do I get so many people coming into my “Learning Chinese” category, which I haven’t updated for ages. It struck me just now: of course, New Years Resolutions!

How many expat readers have made the firm resolution to improve their Chinese this year? I for one. Why do we do the same every year and the progress seems so slow? Is it really possible to learn Chinese while at the same time working full-time and running a blog (or a life)? I don’t know.

To all those that come looking for lessons of Chinese: Be patient, I will be doing more soon. For the moment the carrying thread has been updated with 2 more carrying characters, thanks to VIP contributor XiaoLu. If you are through with the carrying list and you feel you are already well above and beyond those simple concepts, let me give you some serious stuff to chew: There you go, the Periodic Table of Elements.

The majority of these characters have been invented in modern times, and they are among the newest characters to enter the Chinese Dictionary. They were created following the interesting procedure detailed here. Some characters are so new that they are not recognized by computers - you can feel for once that you know more than your electronic dictionary! In fact they are surprisingly easy to learn, supposing you know your chemical elements in English.

But then of course, I never made it all the way to Americium (镅) and Californium (锎) …

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Comments so far ↓

  1. Jan
    xiao lu

    Speak of new characters, here you go.
    You can’t be IN without knowing them: 冏,呆呆,兲。


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  2. Jan

    Hello xiao Lu,

    Wait a second, there is an important difference. The characters you give me are actually very ancient, the ony thing is some of them where out of use, like jiong, and now they have found a new life on the internet. Mostly because of their funny shape.

    But the ones I give above are genuinely new characters. They have been created out of the blue by nutty scientists only a few years ago!!
    A great glossary here: http://www.chinasmack.com/glossary/

    PS. where are you going to watch the speech?

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  3. Apr
    China Business Stories

    Oh resolutions.. I didn’t make any this year, as I know I hardly ever follow up on them…but it is allready April and I have hardly touched my Chinese study books…so after reading your post..I figured it’s about time I get to it..so I hope I will…soon..

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