Monthly Archives: May 2015

Hanja for Cimi: Calligraphy variations and Zen

We have covered most of the radicals from “My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy”.  Here are the ones we haven’t covered yet: field 田, heart 心, enclosure 囗 (very similar to mouth 口), foot 足, insect 虫, grass 艹, hand 扌. … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 火 fire 불

火 fire 불 Fire  火 is a picture of flames.  To me, it looks like a man fleeing a burning building, so I find it easy to remember. I am a little confused about the dots, which appear like the … Continue reading

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Memrise Speed Review

Memrise flashcard system has added a “Speed review” feature. One can speed review words, then only do the “classic” slow review of those words you might not remember.  This should speed up reviewing words one has already learned. I can … Continue reading

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HSK and Chinese Dictionary

The HSKHSK.com website has lists of words from the Chinese Language Proficiency test (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì  – HSK).  Their zippy little dictionary is nifty.  When I saw the color coded search by radicals, I felt like I had found a kindred … Continue reading

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I am unwise. Why I am learning Hanja.

This post is just a ramble about why I am learning Hanja, why my approach is unwise, and yet why I feel a siren call to continue on this path. Why am I learning hanja?  Short answer: to expand my … Continue reading

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Dictionary of Korean Buddhist Terms

A practical dictionary of Korean-English Buddhist Terms Also, New World Encyclopedia’s entry on Seongcheol a key figure in modern Korean Buddhism.

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Fall in love with language

Kevin the Language Hero wrote an article 101 Ways to Fall In Love With Your Target Langauge. There are some polyglots who have torrid 3 month affairs with a language, then move on the the next. Others gather up languages … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 土 earth 토

The last of the 5 elements, 土 earth, soil  토 Saturday is 토요일 (土曜日).  

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Memrise course on Chinese Radicals

There is a free course on Memrise that teaches Chinese radicals.  The sound and video on how to draw the character are included. A Chinese radical is a component (building block) of a Chinese character.

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Learning Hanja from Korean teacher

If your Korean is skilled enough, perhaps you will enjoy this series of videos (all in Korean) that teaches Hanja.  I like how it breaks down complicated characters into parts.

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The Floating Lantern: Hanja Blog

The Floating Lantern is a blog about Hanja. For example, this week Cimi and I are learning Gold.  Floating Lantern’s image to remember gold is below.

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Rainwater Harvesting in South Korea

A monsoon climate can deliver a year’s worth of rain in three months in South Korea. With monsoon and drought conditions in quick succession, South Korea has learned the hard way to fully harvest rainwater. Read more about in the … Continue reading

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Americans Learning Mandarin

As I continue to debate if I might dip my toe in to learning a bit of Mandarin Chinese, I see many articles about Americans trying to learn Chinese.

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Hanja for Cimi: 金 gold 금

金 gold 금

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South Korean Buddhist nuns ‘rap’ Heart Sutra

More than 300 nuns and monks convened in a Seoul temple to participate in a prayer competition hosted by the Jogye Order, Korea’s largest Buddhist organization. While most recited traditional prayers, a group of three young nuns delivered a blistering performance of … Continue reading

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