Mei Wah is a page to help you learn Chinese. Well, at least some of the Chinese you need to read a menu in a Chinese restaurant. Cool! What’s even cooler is that through this page, I found out that McCawley’s legendary ::amazon(“0226555925”, “Eater’s Guide to Chinese Characters):: is back in print! I first heard about this book about ten years ago, but all available copies were mucho-bucks, and I couldn’t justify it. Now, it’s available for a mere $10 in paperback. Awesome. I think that you can learn an awful lot about a culture through its food, and it’s a fun hack to be able to decipher Chinese menus.
Well, today was Chinese Calligraphy class again. This is one of the better attempts at writing the character for “Dragon” é¾ or long2 as writin in pinyin. Not very good, and a crappy scan because our scanner doesn’t have a bed big enough to scan large art.
I’ve acquired some books on Chinese writing to augment my study and appreciation.
- ::amazon(“0804832064”, “Reading and Writing Chinese”)::
- A great and useful reference, contains 2000 characters and 2500 combinations, includes names, meanings, and happily, the proper stroke order for drawing the forms.
- ::amazon(“0071419837”, “Beginner’s Chinese Script”)::
- A cool, cheap little book that can help you decipher signs written in Chinese. I like the approach
- ::amazon(“0823005569”, “Chinese Calligraphy Made Easy”)::
- The book that will tell you what you need to know to do Chinese Calligraphy. If you are gonna get just one book, get this one.
- ::amazon(“0823048381”, “The Simple Art of Chinese Calligraphy”)::
- A book which has less to do with calligraphy, but a lot more to do with arts and crafts surrounding Chinese characters. A decent second book.
Eeesh. Do I need practice!
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