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Kaleb Razzak
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I study Mandarin Chinese. That's about all I do.
I study Mandarin Chinese. That's about all I do.

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Today I came across what is for me the most beautiful line of poetry I've seen:

願逐月華流照君

Would that I could follow after the moon's splendor, flowing out to shine upon you

Kanji explanation: 死 death, to die

http://chineseetymology.org/CharacterEtymology.aspx?submitButton1=Etymology&characterInput=%E6%AD%BB

Going solely by the samples available at this guy's website, we see 死 begin to take its current form with the Bronze Script (though a book I have shows an example from the Oracle Bones). 死 is classified as a combined ideogram, meaning it's a Chinese character that combines the meanings of existing elements to make a new one. On the left (歹 [𣦵]) are a person's remains, and on the right (匕) is a living person bent over the corpse in sorrow at the passing of their loved one. And that is how this character is a depiction of death.

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I think I'd like to go to Best Korea once, just to personally experience that bizarre land of lies. I'm interested in it.

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Before, I might not have been looking forward to baseball girl's chapter all that much. But now, yeah, I'm glad she'll be getting her time to shine. Hopefully I won't have to wait so long for the next chapter.
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Why I continue to read a manga that a) has a main character this stupid and b) has made it really obvious which girl is gonna win is beyond me.
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I was informed that next semester, there'll be an independent study of Classical Chinese, so of course I contacted the professor and asked if I could join. He told that before he could let me, he needed me to come into his office the next day to evaluate my Chinese level. At first I felt confident, but I started to feel more and more unsure as the day went on, so to prepare, I read some of The Analects of Confucius and Mao's little red book. I even brought them with me should they be needed for some reason.

Next day, after seating myself and exchanging pleasantries, it was time to be tested. The professor pulled out a book from a stack on his desk, opened it to a random page, and set it before me. He then pointed to a single sentence written in Classical Chinese and asked me, "Can you read this?" Now, he wasn't asking if I could understand any of it, he was only asking if I knew the pinyin for the characters. ...I don't know what exactly I was expecting when I walked into his office, but needless to say I ended up feeling silly.

Well, I'm glad I checked out with the professor and will finally be able to study what I've had an interest in for a couple of years now. I'm excited for the class.


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I just realized that the Chinese characters chosen to translate the word "miniskirt" (迷你裙) can be translated as "the skirt (裙) which enchants (迷) you (你)". Very well done, China.

My friend got a wizard guide for Dungeons and Dragons. When he began reading it, this was the very first paragraph that he saw:
So, you're a wizard. Or rather, you're a geek, pretending to be a wizard, while the guy to your right pretends to be charismatic and good with people plus a master at assassinating people, the guy to your left pretends to be a slutty lesbian elf princess, and the guy across the table and behind the screen is indulging his power fantasies and would probably be getting off on it if not for his erectile difficulties--but hey, it's not like he's ever touched a girl, so the only person he's disappointing is himself.
Anyway--you're a wizard. What does this mean?
Traditionally, it means that at level 1 a house cat is a serious threat to you, while at level 20 you're "weak" to the same extent that OJ is "looking for the real killers".
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