February 2012 Blog Posts (5)

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The story behind "马虎 mǎ hu", how to say careless, slovenly, casual, slack, perfunctory

      It is said that there was a confused painter in ancient times. One day, he just finished drawing the head of a tiger when his friend came by. His friend asked him to draw a horse. The painter was too lazy to start a new one, so he drew a body of a horse right under the tiger head. His friend asked…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on February 27, 2012 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

China Memes

Seems like there now are memes on more or less every topic you could possibly imagine, even China/Chinese:






Added by Tobi on February 25, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

When I grow up, I want to be a calligraphy master!

Today I had my calligraphy class and surprise surprise, we actually practiced calligraphy!  For the last few weeks we have been painting or learning how to make the ink.  But finally, we started writing!  We started with 永 (meaning forever) because it takes forever to learn! After a million times of being told my ink was not dark enough,…


Added by Anna on February 13, 2012 at 3:21am — 1 Comment

A fun way to waste an hour drawing Chinese characters online

A designer friend Mauricio shared this link with me &, having no artistic talent myself, I thought it was awesome.  I don't know the back story but I think it involves math somehow to make the shading process easier.…


Added by Brandon on February 11, 2012 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Choosing My Chinese Name - Anna

The first day of my first Chinese class ever, my teacher decides that she's going to give us Chinese names.  She explains that she will make our names from a combination of characters that we think describe us.  Excitedly, I start writing down all of these great adjectives that I think would make a cool name.   The next class, she hands us a slip of…


Added by Anna on February 6, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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