How is your week-end? Been thankful enough? What are you thankful for? For myself, i’m thankful for so many things, living a happy life with my family, friends. Of course, it is not always easy but hey, just never give up!
Ok, today, after une belle grasse matinée, breakfast/brunch, i will list you some of the most complicated chinese characters i’ve learned in Nankai University this summer.
Although, before doing so, i want to take a moment to explain you that in China, there are many dialects where the official one is mandarin (this is the dialect that i’ve been busting my ass off). There were traditional characters, but in the last century, the Chinese are using the simplified characters (except for some places such as Taiwan and Hong Kong).
Here is an example: a character of my Chinese name, bao, which means treasure. one has almost 20 strokes, and the other, almost cut in half…
(to see the characters more clearly, press “ctrl +” many times to zoom in)
Now, i’ve been learning mandarin and the simplified characters. Even though they are “simplified”, several characters are still complicated (so many strokes) to write… here are a little selection (from hundreds learned in the summer):
bi chu: wardrobe
ao ye: staying up all night
bao jing: to warn the police
ba zhu: winner of a title
bian fu: bat (as in batman)
bian ji: to edit
da pen ti: sneezing
er bi hou ke: ortho-rhino-laryngologie
fan yi: to translate
fei teng: effervescence
jian pan: keyboard
jiao wan zi: ankle
ji du jiao: Christianity
mo jing: sunglasses
xin jiang: a region in the north west of China
you mo: humour
you ni: greasy
zang zu: Tibetans
Finally, i would say that most of the characters are complicated, we all have to copy them dozens of time to remember them and yet… so easy to forget when lacking of practice.
Go practice, dictation next week! ^_^