Confusing Characters Juxtaposed – Basic

加如

名各客

住往任

鹅餓

帖貼

吞舌

度席

增曾層

當富常

溼濕

簿薄

許語訴記計認

夫失

製裂

已己

式或

Progress Update:

Last week, I decided to try my Chinese literacy chops on the Chinese Engadget blog, with disheartening results of only about 10% recognition!  One of the typically short articles would take me an hour to slog through with the help of my ZhongWen Chrome Plug-in.  I had found that diving into these articles–cold–was not going to get me anywhere fast, even if the articles actually covered topics of interest to me (rather than the typical childrens’ mundane topics).  After having spent the last few days going through flash cards for the basic ~1500 characters, I’m finding a much improved reading speed of 15 minutes of a sample article, mostly due to being able to recognize these basic characters.  I can honestly say I’ve never reached this level of literacy in my life (discounting the childrens textbooks that had always had the aid of bopomofo pronunciation next to it)!  And sadly, it only took a week to get up to this speed.  I am trying not to dwell on the sad fact that I could have had decades, at leisure, to slowly build up my “medium” level literacy.   By the end of next week, I should have sufficiently committed the basic characters to mid/long term memory.  Then, after two decades of active aversion to this subject, I’ll finally be leveling up!

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Wisdom to strive towards for those big and small

心胸 大 的 人談論 理想,心胸 小 的人 論 人 是非。

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Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.  — Eleanor Roosevelt

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I came across this sentence as I was learning Chinese and liked it.  It seems appropriate on the 4th to also quote a first lady saying something similar.  It seems also appropriate on this day celebrating our independence to remind that modern politics seems to be a weird amalgam of big minds and small minds, of those who discuss ideas and of those who discuss politicians.

I Must Learn More Chinese!

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