Are the Chinese names for certain countries meant to be complimented?

January 30, 2023 0 Comments

Actualy, NO. Or more accurately: not intentionally to be complimentary at all. For example, USA is not intentionally meant to be called “beautiful”. We will tell this story by including the Hán Việt version (Sino Vietnamese). You will understand why shortly. Nowadays in Chinese, United States of America is called Mỹ Lợi Kiên hợp chúng …

Could Tian (天), Tengri, and Tanrı all be related?

January 30, 2023 0 Comments

They are same word, same concept. Old Chinese pronounce it as Teni, directly means the Great Sky. This is Chinese Tian Altar in forbidden city. Emperor pray to Tian every year. We do this ceremony from at least 3500 years ago. Manchus, Mogolian,Han Chinese,and Xiongnu people all belived in Tian The true leader of China called Son of Tian.

What would my Chinese name be if my name is Mary?

January 15, 2023 0 Comments

Mary is usually written as 玛丽 in Chinese. Sometimes, it could be written as 玛莉 in Chinese. There are well-known people who share this name with you, such as, Mary Pickford, or 玛丽·碧克馥 in Chinese, a legendary figure in the cinema world. Mary-Louise Parker, or 玛丽-露易丝·帕克 in Chinese, another actress in the entertainment industry.

Does Mandarin pronounce its ‘R’s the same as English?

January 13, 2023 0 Comments

They are very similar and sometimes overlap. The most common pronunciation of English /r/ is as a labialized postalveolar approximant, [ɹ̠ʷ]. Some North American, Irish, and West Country varieties have a labialized retroflex approximant, [ɻʷ]. The syllable-initial Mandarin sound transcribed as <r> in Pinyin is most commonly somewhere between a retroflex approximant, [ɻ], and a …

What does “对牛弹琴” mean?

January 9, 2023 0 Comments

Dui Niu Tan Qin (对牛弹琴) is a well-known Chinese idiom/Chengyu. The idiom is very easy to understand, provided you know the corresponding 4 simple Chinese characters. 对 (duì): Face to face; opposite; opposing 牛 (niú): Cattle; ox 弹 (tán): Play; pluck 琴 (qín): Qin, a seven-stringed plucked instrument 弹琴 (tán qín): play the Qin instrument …

Is Chinese arguably the toughest language in the world for a westerner to master?

January 7, 2023 0 Comments

Is Chinese arguably the toughest language in the world for a westerner to master? To speak, read & write in it as good as a native Chinese, would it take the best part of a lifetime? Apart from having official UN status, is it also a world language? Haha. Half yes half no. If you …

Why is “Nintendo” in Chinese called “任天堂“ (Ren tian tang) and not “宁天多” (Ning tian duo)?

January 5, 2023 0 Comments

In Chinese language, if Japanese have original name or brand written in kanji/Chinese characters, usually Chinese no need to change their name based on Chinese pronunciation. Unless if it’s very hard or weird to pronounce by many Chinese people or Japanese themselves allowed Chinese to make their name to pronounce and written based on Chinese …

Is it difficult for a native Malay speaker to learn Mandarin Chinese?

January 2, 2023 0 Comments

1 in 5 Chinese school kids in Malaysia aren’t even Chinese Non-Chinese students comprised 18% of Chinese-language primary schools in 2016, according to Malaysia Education Ministry Statistics, or almost 1 in 5 students. The enrolment of non-Chinese students particularly Malays and Indians actually rose by over 20% between 2010 and 2014. Compared to more than …

Why are Chinese characters the only extant example of a logographic writing system?

January 2, 2023 0 Comments

While there have been notably successful logographic writing systems, there are specific reasons why the non-phonetic Chinese characters have survived while overall the “phonetic revolution” that gained impetus from the success of the Phoenician alphabet has spread worldwide. In considering the question we must ask both why the phonetic system took over, and why the …

What’s the difference between a modern day Chinese name and an ancient Chinese name?

December 31, 2022 0 Comments

The wife of the Guangwu Emperor (5 bce – 57 ce) of the Eastern Han was named 陰麗華 Yin Lihua (family name Yin, Lihua, beautiful and flowery, or beautiful flower). The founding emperor of the Sui dynasty had a daughter in 561 ce. He named her 楊麗華 Yang Lihua. There are so many people named …