"Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground."
  --Noah Webster            

This site is a labor of love, made from the
ground up by a student of Chinese obsessed
with learning characters.  It represents thousands
of hours of research.

I'm not sure I would have undertaken this project if I had known how much work it would be.  On the other hand, I've had a lot of fun along the way.  Learning the stories individual characters tell has done more than simply help me remember them.  It's a lesson in Chinese culture.  The symbols that make up Chinese characters are the same symbols that shaped Chinese society for thousands of years.  Chinese characters are a little like people.  Each one of them has its own story, its own history.

I hope you enjoy getting to know my new friends - the Chinese characters.  Whether you are here simply out of curiosity or because you are determined to learn the Chinese language and culture, welcome!  I hope you find what you are looking for.

Bright Outlook

Monday, March 12 2007

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