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街jie1 = 行xing2 + 鞋xie2

is a cross roads. Memory trick: A CROSSWALK IS A PED XING
What do you have when you have a pair of shoes in a crossroads? a street! The middle part is two 土tu3 but here they represent two pair of shoes. 鞋xie2 means shoes! 革ge2 is a picture of a flayed and splayed leather hide, it’s on the left. Hanging jade most excellent on the right.

挂gua4 hanging


佳jia1 excellent.

A.mazingly EXCELLENT

街jie1 is a crossroads seen from the sky with a pair of footprints in it!


Like the lion A King of the jUNGle WILD
G.oes WILD


walking on the left+wild on the right = STROLLING

jie1guang4  = shopping.


This sheng4 means victory.
胜 is originally the image of a boat on the left, which was simplified into the crescent moon. Hanzi may be recycled to depict different things. Here, 月 moon  is being used as a picture of a boat seen from on top. See also:  舟zhou1 船chuan2. In  zhou2 and chuan2 the boat character has not been simplified or somehow compared to a changeable luminous heavenly body or a human or other animal’s body.

The green sprouting plant on the right 生sheng1 is not only phonetic, it too is simplified. One view is it is originally the HANDS of the HELMSMAN steering the ship on the left. Thus by extension:

Another view is that the simplification arose out of the idea that effort 力li4 and insight from omens lead to victory.

In fact, both views are correct. The oracle bone character clearly portrays hands, steering the rudder of a ship. But this was simplified to a still semantically sensible idea of power/effort 力 connected 关guan with insight.

Thus in the early modern view:

it is this, the power of LIFE, which draws the Ship Of State, to VICTORY!

Notwithstanding allegations of brutality, the police in Hong Kong have continually exhibited remarkable restraint, performing better than those of the United States or even France in the face of comparable situations. Despite the best efforts of Hong Kong’s much maligned police, the government in Hong Kong, namely C. Lam, has not and in my opinion cannot solve the problem it (she) created. Lam and her government have no plan. She must step down.
What is to be done? Democratization. Amnesty. And to use HK as a place for more experiments in local self-governance and democracy, including direct democracy under the rule law for application and emulation in the mainland. China must build the rule of law and democracy on the mainland so as to deter enemies of popular rule and to attract support of all Chinese people.
Hong Kong is the fat goose which lays gold eggs. Beijing knows this so likely won’t give it the ax.
In fact, Hong Kong is Xi’s chance to outmaneuver foreign opponents by taking the high ground of popular self-rule under law. I doubt that will happen but Xi is intelligent and strong so could do that. If he does not then either HK will collapse economically bringing China down (not out), or China will impose a Tiananmen 2.0 which will also flatline the Chinese economy: axing the goose means no more eggs. Either of the bad outcomes, economic collapse in Hong Kong or Tiananmen 2.0 serves the interests of international imperialism and is not in China’s self interest. So Xi faces a problem, but there is a solution: new democracy.

I shall work on our provocative Russian puzzle tomorrow.

爱 ai4

Traditional ai4 has a heart. Simplified doesn’t because it’s a private matter also because communists wanted to emphasize non-romantic forms of love. ai4 is a picture of a grasping hand on top (line and three dots) then a roof because people live under a roof 宀 (the dot is transposed under the 3 fingers/claws of the 爪 on top) and beneath it is two hands 友 (又) clasped expressing the idea of love. These are VERY simplified and stylized pictures. Yes 爪 is claws/grasping hand, 宀 is a roof and 又 is a hand and 友 is two hands. Crazy!


爱/恨 antonyms

爱情/恋爱 synonyms


I.ntelligence? I LOVE IT


Feng means wind. It’s etymologically related to “sail”. I found 风 easiest to remember as the wind of justice 义 yi hitting the sail fan
jiong1 means “cover”ji3 means how many, ji1 means  table.
Hanzi are HIGHLY STYLIZED SIMPLIFIED pictures and symbols; these are combined to form concepts in cases of complex characters. They may be “recycled” as pictorial, semantic, or auditory elements which are meant to be mutually reinforcing wherever possible.
This Feng means Crazy. features a sideways sickbed on top and left (two legs of bed on left, heating portion on top. Yes ancient china had heated beds. Civilized! And there we see that wind character again. The crazy person is sick and the sickness is like a strong wind blowing through them.
here is phonetic AND semantic in exactly the way I describe.
means you ni3. It’s ren2 on the left. On the right may be a picture of a crossbow (c.f. On the right is which means “thou“; like thou is a bit archaic, antiquated, literary no longer part of ordinary speech. is small (小xiao3) and a sideways/abbreviated/compressed person 人ren2 character on top. The small you is THOU.
le/liao is a great easy character which can mean: change of state le (often used in cases of past tense, but not exclusively). 了 can also mean to understand liao. can also be used pictographically to portray e.g. a stick as in old person lao3ren2 Hanzi may be recycled as pictorial, auditory, or semantic symbols.

Wei Shen Me Why
=. DAO1 A KNIFE powerfully LI4 SPLITS BAN4 EIGHT  BA1 八 into TWO  er4 parts.

ren + ten sounds like SHEN2 means WHAT
ren2 person + shi2 10 = renshi (homophone 认识)
么 question particle; originally meant smallest one




力办认识吗? might be the logic behind 为什么 and does make it memorable – if you speak Chinese.

Shop is Dian right on the Dot, let’s figure it out!
店 = 广 manor on a hill + 上 + 口。 口 mouth. here it’s the building shang 上 means up/on top.





歹 歹
Decoding these Doozies nexx time! XAXA

Honey Draws Flies … in Chinese.


苍 gray (clue:granary ) cang1
蝇 flies (bug on left frog on right) ying2
不 don’t (picture of a root as symbol of not/don’t. roots DON’T move) bu4
叮 sting (ding rhymes with sting and they mean the same thing!) ding1
无 wu unable (picture of a lamed man as symbol of incapacity) wu2
缝 fine silk thread on the left mountain peak on the right on top of walking radical. so it’s a fine unbroken mountain range as a symbol for SEAMLESS, UNBROKEN feng4
的 de of it’s just like french or spanish DE=OF de4
蛋 dan egg. creepy crawly on the bottom upright walking man on top. What is an upright/straight/ordered creepy crawly? An egg!
So: Gray flies don’t peck unbroken eggs. dan4


S.acred sage saint
H.oly he’s

his Right Hand is once AGAIN touching Dirt.
Thats right. His right hand is right on top of dirt!
Some saint!

The sage’s right hand is next to his heart and on top of the earth.
If a sage’s right hand is on the earth and next to his heart he is necessarily down in the dirt.

Happy, quick
Rhymes with guai, looks a bit like guai.




Image: A happy rich man 夫人 with a jade pendant at his waist.

Originally was two people happily seeing each other off, making their departure quick so it would be happ since they like each other and don’t wish it to be bittersweet.

Xing4 幸

was originally the image of two people bound by the feet. The 土 and inverted 土 here were originally a person and 屰 an inverted person bound by a lock. The character was simplified and standardized to this form. It’s the idea of good luck apparently because eventually the sentence terminates and they are released.


means to transport, convey. The top part is drawn first and is a cloud 云yun2 but it was originally 军jun1, the army, which is the image of war chariots encamped i.e. under a roof. Since armies often do mass movements when you add the path/walking radical below it you get movement. It became simplified to which is a bit more poetic and less violent. is another and i think more frequent way to say lucky/fortunate. 幸运xing4yun4 = stroke of luck, stroke of good fortune. =Xingfu2 fortunate, lucky. is an abbreviated/compressed form of altar on the left (=shi4 vision) and a wine jar on the right fu2 富 lid on top mouth 口 is the top of the jar tian2 here is not field, it depict the body of the jar. Pictorial elements get reused to depict other objects.

Cannot Unsee 盒 會

He2 Close, Shut, Combine, Join, Fit
It’s a pictogram of two mouths kissing! Aw. 🙂

He2 Box
Phono-semantic. It’s a picture of a pan 皿 MIN2 which is the pictographic element beneath the word for combine as its phonetic element.
BOX min e!

jun1 army
War chariot 车 che1
under roof 宀
ARMY war chariot

matter affair matter of importance
Ideogram: Hand grasping a peg and stiring it around

This is a target stuffed dummy huang 黄 under the roof 宀 of an archery training ground near a river. Training halls tended to be near rivers and under rooves. Water is needed for hard training both to drink and then bathe. Roof is needed for good shooting practice to avoid sun or even wind.

Respect Revere Reverence

revision review exercise
This is the image of the wing of a fledgling learning to fly and thus also includes the idea of inversion, flapping, flipping.

Joint military training exercise; joint wargame.

My interlocutors, it seems, are hopeful of bilateral training exercises as confidence building measures. I hold out no such hopes though I may be wrong and have Hedged accordingly.

Hui Meeting. Traditional character.





Scorsese is a visual genius.

尸屎避辟辛口 刃勿弃廾升𠫓厶

is the ceremonial display of a corpse post-mortem.
The meaning of it is extended however to mean the body generally. It is sometimes also used as a pictorial image to indicate not only the body but also the backside as e.g.

which of course stinks like a corpse.

辟 indicates punishment (right hand 辛, which is the image of a punitive knife handle up blade down or an upsided down person, being punished); this punishment may be by decapitation ( 口mouth here represents the head, 尸 is the remainder of the dead body) or exile. Meaning: the criminal may AVOID decapitation by Going into exile.

Pi Law, Rule, Bi Monarch



This depicts the consequences of rule breaking as a symbol of the idea of law, rule, ruler. On the right is the punishing dagger. In the middle is the mouth of the victim. On the left is the person to be punishment. This may depict capital punishment as consequence of law breaking. In any case it represents the idea of LAW RULE MONARCH.

Xin1 Punishment
Pictogram of a Punitive Dagger. Ideogram of an inverted person as a symbol or image of the idea of punishment.


ren, a sharp knife. The dot indicates the sharp edge of the knife. May also be a drop of blood to indicate the potential of the knife.

Image of a knife shedding blood. Later by extension also scythe reaping grain.

This is the image of a baby abandoned in a basket. The lower character 廾 gong3 is hands joined. It evokes sheng1 which means to lift up. Gong3 here is a simplification; it was originally two hands holding up the basket with 𠫓 which is a stylized simplified image of an inverted fetus or baby (horizontal lines are arms, dot is the legs head s beneath as si1 which means private, personal).

How to learn Hanzi (Chinese characters) 岚

Lan2 Mountain-mist


shAN 山 mountain (pictogram: depicts 3 peaks of mountain range)
feng 风 wind

1) Learn Pictograms and Ideograms 2) Learn the Kangxi radicals 3) learn the various abbreviated (compressed) character forms which are used as determinants 3) LEARN PRONUNCIATION (this video and i presume Heisig ignores that entirely p.s. it’s the hard part). 4) play the word game “sounds like/rhymes with has something to do with METAL” 5) congrats, you can read.

Grain rained down from heaven, for humans had learned to read. 口儿兄兑说脱


口 kou mouth talking ”

儿 er legs standing

八 ba eight (divide)

兄 xiong elder brother. loud and proud standing tall.

兑 dui exchange swap trade. 八 on top means the idea of dividing brother below shows it is friendly division i.e. exchange, trade, a deal.

说 shui persuade speak

脱 tuo disrobe


裙 qun

In phono-semantic characters the elements reinforce. 君 means monarch, lord “the hand and command”. It rhymes with qun. We know this is clothing 衣, but it is also clothing which is regal, graceful, beautiful, lordly. What is a graceful lordly regal piece of clothing which rhymes with jun? 裙子!

啦 la

Hanzi originated as literal pictures about 6000 years ago. Over the course of millenia they have been stylized and simplified.
This la is the mouth on the left a hand in the middle and a stand/standing person on the right 啦
The mouth should be obvious 口. It’s square because Chinese was carved into bone at first and its easier to go with the grain, so there are few curves in hanzi. The hand character 手shou is a picture of a hand with 5 fingers (which are the three lines on top). The arm and wrist are the vertical line. The stand/standing person 立li is on the right. His head is the dot on top his two legs are the vertical line and the bottom horizontal line is the ground. the top horizontal line is his arms. You may not recognize the simplifications or reuse of characters; the kou mouth 口 character is also used to represent square things as a picture element so for example 高gao and 京jing the kou characters are windows of the building which is what those characters depict. Kou also is used to represent buildings or even an entire city.


父亲 father

父 I was taught fu is a pair of crossed axes as a symbol of father’s power. It may be easier to think of it as a picture of a mustache. 亲 is a tougher one. It’s the idea of a dagger 辛 which cuts away the deadwood 木 to separate that which is vital (one’s family) from that which is not. I’ve not looked up the 甲骨文 on that one yet. Anyway 辛 is definitely a picture of a punitive dagger used to inflict corporeal punishment on criminals in ancient China. Trees 木 pretty much everywhere are also symbols of the family tree, so this is also the power of the elders to punish wrongful behavior of their offspring. Linkwords: father, fuqin fu qin

Cf. 爸爸baba =  daddy.

就是你啊! :D Then it’s just You! <3

Jiu4 Left side is a tall tower as symbol and seat of the capitol itself!

jing1  is a picture of a tall tower all right but it’s used as a symbol of the Capitol.京 capitol looks much like gao1 tower

gao1=lid+mouth+cover+mouth. The mouths are the windows.

Right side is you2 尤 an outstanding and excellent but lame man. Why? he’s a war veteran. His right leg is was lamed in combat as you can clearly see and the dot is his badge. In oracle bone script its his right hand which is injured. The character was simplified from a hand with pointer to the injury (the dot) to its present form.

Put them together and you have the ideas of tall, surprising, excellent, outstanding, capital (a capital idea!) capitol (the capitol building).
It means THEN as in consequently.
The wounded war veteran was summoned to the capital where he JUST, THEN, recieved his medal.

This is JUST my friend JOE jiu THEN. It may be A SURPRISE jing1 but he is OUTSTANDING, PARTICULARLY you2 you1 EXCELLENT even though he is UNABLE wu2 to climb up a HIGH TOWER gao1 in the capitol jing1


beibao on top is the sound clue sounds like BEI3 means North (as in Beijing, the northern capital) Bei 北 is two people sitting back to back. On the right of bei is bi3 匕 spoon. Compass invented in China is called the “south pointing spoon”. What’s the opposite or to the back of the south pointing spoon? North! 匕 => 北 => this is known as the flowering of Chinese characters 汉字开花 i.e. how Chinese characters “blossom”. There is an inner logic to the characters! YOU can learn it!
yue on the bottom is the body/moon (moon is a luminous body); it’s the crescent moon or a side of ribs.
Put them together and the bei character is the shoulder straps the yue character is the body.
Bao means wrap/bag. top bits the handle bottom parts the container i.e. the bag.


bullseye target center up top 中 zhong4
heart below xin1

it means LOYAL, sounds like zhong1


Confucius’ words are more and more on the lips of the world.

From The Three Character Couplet.
“Man at birth
Is quite good
Their nature, similar
but paths diverge.”

“If they do not study
then they cannot know justice.”

Justice is cultivated through virtuous actions which become habitual. It is not natural, even though the fundamental nature of people is good, their character must be cultivated. Neglect of such cultivation is the cause of injustice. But this neglect is in part the fault of the society they live in.

矢石俱下 the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune


shi3 shi2 ju4 xia4
arrow. it’s a picture of an arrow moving from left or right going over the head of a person. The top of the arrow is a compressed sideways ren 人 person character. the rest is da 大 big. it’s a person stretching their arms wide as symbol of “big” Now you know why dada is big daddy.
stone. cliff on the left but compressed a bit; mouth 口 kou on the right. The mouth character here is a picture of a stone.
Person on the left winnowing basket / dustpan on the top right 2 hands lifting it up beneath it. in 4th tone it means “clique, group, party”. In second tone it means “constantly”
Ideogram symbolizing down/below/beneath.

This means under constant fire. The best English language idiom might be “under the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune

流光飛舞 Flowing light fluttering

流光飛舞 Flowing light fluttering


半冷半暖秋天 熨貼在你身邊
Half cold, half warm, autumn
Reconciled to be next to you
Calm looking touching flowing light in the breeze
那風中一片片紅葉 惹心中一片綿綿
In the midst of this wind blow two red leaves
Vexatious heart bemidst a scene of continuity

半醉半醒之間 再認笑眼千千
Half drunk, half sober, between
Again to know the smile in a thousand eyes
Then allow me to be the floating flake of snow in a cloud
Using clear ice to softly kiss a human face
From the belt a wave a breaker of winding silk

留人間多少愛 迎浮生千重變
To stay in the human world there is so much love
Welcome floating birth a thousand heavy changes
跟有情人 做快樂事 別問是劫是緣
With lovers make merry affairs
Do not ask if it is robbery or fate

像柳絲像春風 伴著你過春天
Willows resemble silk which resembles spring wind
Partner with you spring day
then permit you to immerse in mist covered water
放出心中一切狂熱 抱一身春雨綿綿
give out from the heart a slice of madness
embrace as one body continuous spring rain


Amida, in the heart space, you teach me don’t covet or hate
Amida, in the heart space, throw off the dust of the human world
No matter how hard the road, I am willing to bravely stride forward.
No matter how far the journey, or when I reach the goal
I will attain the source of the heart
Amitabha in my heart, happy in the human world.
Amitabha in my heart, take away concerns of the human world
Amitabha in my heart, I hold fast to this faith.

发海! 为什么你骗我? 😉

闭嘴?不行!bi zui? no way! mouth closed? oppose! (oui gotta stop meting like This)

闭 bi4
門 men2 means door
才cai2 says sprout

cai2 is literally a sprout or half a block of wood. As a standalone it looks to have lost its literal meaning an retains only its metaphoric meaning of genius, talent. However, as a pictorial or semantic element of a character it may still indicate its literal meaning (sprout/sprouting) or be a pictorial element (half block of wood)
What’s a door with a block of wood in front of it? It’s a closed door!


嘴 zui3
嘴 = 口+此+

口 is a picture of a mouth
此 means this and sounds like ci3.


止 zhi3 stopped + 匕 bi3 spoon = 此 ci3 this

角 is a picture of a single bull’s horn. sharp point on top, scales in the middle. It means horn, corner.
Memotechnique: This Corner of the Mouth = Zesty cItrUs

去睡觉 to go to sleep qu shui jiao

去睡觉 to go to sleep qu shui jiao

qu4 is a clump of earth tu3 土 on top
and an arrow below 厶 去=土+厶
is a symbol of an arrow flying past the earth as the idea of “to go”. It sounds like “ktchu”. This sound does not exist in English French German Spanish Estonian Dutch or Russian. In othere words we’re fucked.
厶 si1 itself means private personal; it may be the image of a silkworm or a flexed arm “we can do it” style. Silk was China’s ancient secret and clothing items are personal and private. 厶 It is often used as a simplified pictorial element. When used as a pictorial element 厶 may also represent a triangle, an enclosed object,for example in liu 流 or tai 台, platform. 台 s a picture of a small tower).

睡 shui4 is an eyeball on the left side mu4 . On the right is a highly stylized picture of a fully ripe stalk of grain which is heavy with ears of grain: 垂. 垂 chui2 is most often used as a symbol for heavy, drooping, but is also still used literally to mean grain ready for harvest. 睡=目+觉

is a highly stylized picture of an eyeball on top of a pair of legs 见 jian beneath a roof 宀 the other two dots are either horns or the number 8 八 or accent marks from a writing system used to transcribe Korean. 觉 is a polyphone and may be prounounced jiao4 as here or jue as in juede 觉得 比如说:我觉得这个犯法不太好 Jiao 觉 means sleep: one’s eyes are closed under a roof. Jue 觉 means to feel as in perceive. It’s a person underneath a roof either sleeping or looking out the window and perceiving i.e. feeling. 见+宀+八=觉

Finally and perhaps most importantly 睡觉 can be used meaning to sleep as in sleep with. 例如:我想跟l老师睡觉 哈哈

Chinese has two words for again: you4 又 (past) and zai4 再 (future)


Chinese has two words for again: you4 又 and 再 zai4

又 you4 is a highly simplified picture of the right hand, as a symbol of that which recurs, that which happens again and again. Since most people are right handed they use their right hand again and again. The fingers are on the top and left the arm is on the lower right.

You4 又 is used to refer exclusively  to events which have occurred in the past, and only in the past.

你又去机场!  You went to the airport – again! You went once, in the past, and you went yet again, also in the past.


is exclusively used for recurring past events, something that happened at least twice in the past.



zai is used to refer to the repetition of an event in the future. The characters origins are unclear. It appeared to be a person entering a house, or a person with a hand and tool at a house. It can be decomposed into 工 冂 and 一 which all look like elements from the oracle script. It is probably the idea of a person returning home in the future or working at their home or in a workplace in the future, they will return home AGAIN they will work at the workplace AGAIN but in the future.

is used exclusively for things which will occur at least once in the future and have occurred at least once in the past. For example 再见 means literally “see you again”: you see the person now and probably also in the past and plan or at least hope to see them again in the future. Thus 再 and not 又。

You 又 and  zai 再 are examples of context clues to tense intended in a Chinese sentence.

阜 邑 Fooey! F.ed U.p to my ears with ex-urban AND urban radicals!


This fu is the nearest hill or mountain range or ridgeline outside the city. In other words, it’s the outermost line of defense of the city, a defensible position outside the city walls. I think of it as ten 十 hills. As a determinant 阝fu4 is known as the left ear (zuo3 er3 bian5 左耳边) because it’s determinant looks like an ear. However, it does not represent the human ear even though it looks like one. As a determinant 阝 on the left side of a character represents the city’s nearest foothills: suburbs, exurbs, the rural area outside the city’s walls.


阜 fu4 abundant, mound


add attach

bu4 port, pier, wharf

yuan4 garden courtyard institution



This character represents the city’s gates, specifically the area just outside of the city gates where public notices are posted and people are granted or denied admission into the city.
The top mouth character 口  kou3 both represents the idea of the gate of the city but also the idea of messages posted at the city gate.
The lower character ba1 (desire expectation) used to be the ren2 人 person character. It was simplified to as a visual element. To my way of thought it represents the idea that those just outside the city walls Desire and even Expect and Look Forward to being admitted into the city, but also that such people are potentially as dangerous as snakes since they may be spies for the would be invaders. is the image of a snake (coBrA) and indicates desire: those Outside the city’s Inner Wall DESIRE and LOOK FORWARD to being admitted into the city. But people Outside the city are as dangerous as snakes and desire like snakes to enter the protected place.

As a determinant yi4 looks exactly like fu4’s determinant 阝but is called 友耳边 the right ear determinant not because it in any way represents the human ear but because it resembles one. When 阝is on the right it indicates urban things.

左耳胖是 外边 (丘,山)= outer defense wall

友耳胖是 里 = inner defense wall

you2=post office
滬 a venerated city by the sea that sounds like hu4 – Shanghai’s nickname.

都 猪 是 里。
也 是 里。

Pageface Doormouth 页 问 234

页 Pageface

ye4, Pageface, used as a stand-alone it means page of paper in modern Chinese but used as a character components still means face, which was its meaning in ancient Chinese.

问 Doormouth

wen4 Ask
Doormouth: W.ho E.nters N.ow? 門 + 口 = 问 Wen4 QUESTION
Pageface Doormouth is at your door asking question:
W.ho E.nters N.ow?

美 mei beautiful (..the men who stare at goats)

Mei3  美 is a fun character. It’s a picture of a beautiful girl with her hair adorned in great style. It’s composed of goat on top and big on the bottom. This is a picture of a goat 羊 yang2. And this 大 da4 is a picture of a person holding out their arms stretched wide “that fish was this BIG” and it means big! Ok so why Goat+Big = Beautiful (woman)? Well, in Chinese you can also call a VERY beautiful woman a 大美 which means “great beauty” as in supermodel. So da makes sense here it means grand not big like fat but giant tall imposing powerful. What about goat 羊? Well, han Chinese characters get simplified and recycled for ease of writing. It really was a picture of a very stylish hair-do and had dress, not of a goat, but got simplified to goat. So just remember: Hot chinese girls?

Hope it gets a laugh, you will sure remember now 大 da + yang 羊 = 美 mei big+goat=beautiful.

And it applies to anything beautiful so if it helps you to think of a big plate of lamb and mint jelly who am i to argue?

llustrious BEAUTIFUL MEI3

没问题 = no problem, i.e. no question

mei2 is originally the image of a person drowning to death. it came to mean NOT as in DOES NOT EXIST as a metaphoric extension of the original idea of drowning person. 没 is a picture of an abbreviated river 水 on the left (three dots 2 riverbanks and a watercourse between them), and on the right is the right hand you4 of the poor drowning person and above them is a stylized simplified picture of what was a whirlpool 几。Ji3 几 is a picture of a tea-table seen from the side. Like I said, it’s a stylistic simplification.


wen is a picture of a gate or door 門 门 men2 on top and around a mouth kou3 口. The idea is of a person at your door ASKING if you are at home!

Ti2 theme topic is To Be + the image of a persons face. To be is abstract 是 is composed of the solar disk ri on top of the word for upright which in turn is composed of 1 一 yi1 and stop 止 zhi3.
To be is the abstract idea of a person stopped standing upright underneath the sun. But if you put another persons face ye4 in the picture it turns into a dialogue of two people talking beneath the sun and thus becomes THEME TOPIC.
alone in modernity means a page of paper, a sheet of paper but it originally is a picture of a persons face (chopstick in the hair on top square is the outline of the head and the two lines are their eyes). When 页 is used alone it is a piece of paper, a page; but when used as a character component like in 问 it still means face.
I.ndicates TopIc, Theme
Breakdown of characters used to form 没问题 = 水几又, 门口, 日正页。



贵 = 中一贝

Above is 中 the idea of 中正, which is Public Rectitude.

The middle 一 denotes the idea of balanced equality, fairness, “1 for 1”.

The bottom clam character bei 贝 denotes riches, for shells were once money.


Public Right Equality Clam IOUs PRECIOUS EXPENSIVE

师 Shi1 Chief Meister Expert Master


On the left we see the abbreviated form of KNIFE, BLADE as the determinant (key). 刀 dao means knife. So we know this word has something to do with a sharp object, likely made of metal. Here, dao represents the master’s sword.
On the right we see a strip of cloth 巾 (fabric is represented with jiong 冂 which is a covering symbol for covering; support of the fabric is with gun a vertical line 丨)。
A master is a person with a sword and scabbard. Who has A SWORD and a SCABBARD? The Master.

I.ntelligence. MASTER


棒球= 王求一丶水木丰廾丰 qiu ming

Qiu 求 to bid for help is a hard and important one so I took my time. Let’s start with BANG instead 棒 bang means stick club cudgel. Let’s break it down!

丰 is our friend feng1 丰 Feng1 is the image of a FErtile floweriNG plant as symbol of that which is fertile productive and keen.
We see FENG1 reduplicated in 奉, first below abbreviated as 1 丨 choice of two sticks 二
On top of abbreviated feng1 and in the middle of bang are two hands clasped together 廾 raising up a second image of the fertile plant 丰 which is twisted left a bit and on top. This feng 奉 is the idea of OFFERING from one’s own Abundance.

棒 stick club cudgel BANG looks like a simple phono-semantic character. Wood radical on the left, “sounds like” on the right.

What’s MADE OF WOOD and
BANG! a Wooden Stick!

Qiu 求 to beg for help is a hard and very important wprd. qiuming means to beg for one’s l球命的球 is hard But SPHERE, GLOBE, BALL 球 is a fun and easy one! So let’s analyze globe to get to beg.

This 球 qiu  means Sphere Globe Ball. On the left we have the KING 王 One theory is 王 is a royal ax, another is the crown but personally I think it’s the imperial jade seal. Wang 王 if a picture of a tablet of jade says something like “empowered by the King”. Wang goes to royal things, precious metals and gems, it indicate solid structured and precious things.
So, 球 is the King on the left on on the right is ONE 一 DROP 丶 of WATER 水. 求, ONE DROP of WATER, means to beg for。 Why? Because ancient China sometimes had droughts! You would BEG for ONE DROP OF WATER 求 begging for your life。But when you put One Drop Water next to the King? 王+求=SPHERE GLOBE BALL We beg for our lives before the god, before the king, before the emperor. The oceans on the globe are but a drop of water to the emperor – the GLOBE 球 is the EMPERORS 王 TOY 玩。

Tone  colorization may follow.

Information Warfare

The essence of information warfare is to infiltrate the enemy’s decision making; to change the way the enemy views the world. Information warfare seeks to win a war not necessarily through armed struggle but by ideas and information.

Information warfare can be waged at the tactical or strategic levels. At a strategic level the objective is to deflect or distract to reframe issues and constrain possible answers thereby. At a tactical level it is to mask movements, to attain surprise through secrecy, to deceive through disinformation. Tactical and strategic information warfare actions and goals should be complementary such that the tactical and strategic actions and goals support each other. Deception warfare actions include masking, secrecy, disinformation, provocation.

Information warfare tends to be used by weaker states because it requires fewer resources and promises great benefits for few risks. Information warfare also tends to be waged by dictatorships rather than democracies due to a lower commitment to the idea of truth. Information warfare can however be waged by democracies and powerful states as well as by weak rigid dictatorships.

无 Character series

This character series consists entirely of words which have the sound WU.
Mouseover the characters below to see the meaning of each word.

Click the characters below to see the pronunciation of the word.
Double click the word for an explanation of the word.
Mouseout to restore the definition back to the hanzi character.

勿无乌物午五武舞误务雾 Arranged in a logical progression.

乌1. 无2? 午五武舞3~ 物勿误务雾4! Arranged by tone.
Try to form a sentence or sentences using all this vocabulary.
Remember Chinese sentences are formed in STPMVO:
Subject time place manner verb object.
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废话 fei hua

All these words are homophones of fei.

吠 barking dog fei4
肺 lung fei4
非 don’t no negation fei1
飞 fly fei1
肥 fat fei2
费 fee fei4 a cognate! hug it. it is VERY lonely!
菲 ancient radish fei3 now used as a metaphor for poor and not used literally anymore
废 aboilition fei4 kinda like a certain Bill which shalt remain nameless
匪 fucking bandit fei3
翡 kingfisher fei3
霏 falling snow fei1

SPINE ji3 脊 Backbone

Pictogram of the spine (backbone); two 二 characters are the shoulder-blades or ribs. 人 character is like an arrow pointing up to show the spine going up the back. 月 character is the two legs and two vertebrae. It’s a stylized picture of the human bones from the back.

二 人 二


Gee! J.oInts I.n SPiNE!


Translation 求佛 Beseech Buddha

when the moonlit dew fell on my face
i wished then i’d quickly change form
there is a type of soup called torn heart split lung
i drank it to have it’s magic power
闭上眼 看见天堂
close your eyes look to the sky
that’s the storehouse where you where your smile
I dodged from countless hunters’ guns
Drove from the tomb and climbed out of sorrows
为了你 我变成狼人模样
Because of you I became a werewolf
为了你 染上了疯狂
Because of you went insane
为了你 穿上厚厚的伪装
Because of you I wore a heavy disguise
为了你 换了心肠
Because of you – I changed my heart

We can or cannot return and see each other again
I bid bitter tears before buddah since 1000s of years
Willing to trade some of my lives for our one world of love
Hoping to move heaven’s heart
We cannot return or can we see each other again
I bid bitter tears before buddah  since 1000s of years
when i stepped on this bridge before
let me kiss your face again

闭上眼 看见天堂
close your eyes and look to the sky
that’s the storehouse where you where your smile
I dodged from countless hunters’ guns
Drove from the tomb and climbed out of sorrows

为了你 我变成狼人模样
Because of you I became a werewolf
为了你 染上了疯狂
Because of you went insane
为了你 穿上厚厚的伪装
Because of you I wore a heavy disguise
为了你 换了心肠
Because of you – I changed my heart
We can or cannot return and see each other again
I bid bitter tears before buddah many 1000s of years
Willing to trade some of my lives for our one world of love
Hoping to move — heaven’s heart
We cannot return or can we see each other again
I bid bitter tears before buddah many 1000s of years
when i stepped on this bridge before
let me kiss your face again
let me kiss your face again
let me kiss your face again


备 奋 Look alikes

备 and 奋 look alike but are different. You will most frequently encounter 备 in which means: get ready, be prepared.

zhun3 means allow grant permit. Ice determinant on the left, short tailed bird on the right.

biNg1 冰 + ZHui1 隹 = zhun3 准
frozen (ideograph of 2 dots for frozen) + water (pictograph seen from the sky two banks and river between) + short tailed bird (pictograph) = ALLOW GRANT PERMIT zhun3
When the ice freezes the water you GRANT the short tailed bird some food and ALLOW it to eat the stuble from the land you walk on otherwise it would starve and you would have insects all summer long and a poor harvest.


Short tailed bird but cold as ice
PERMITTED to do as she likes.


bei4 means to prepare to get ready 准备的备

= on top is 夂 zhi3, the image of a man walking around on his 田 tian2 field. He is walking around PREPARING his field for planting harvest or construction. This is an ideogram, not a phono-semantic character. There is no phonetic clue to the pronunciation of .

GET READY in German is BEreIt


fen means to exert.
= da+tiaN = feN



OMG! Is this FEN …  a slave plantation!?

BIG red Farmer in a FEN WORKING HARD is a friend!

系 System

System Xi4

The top character is not 一 yi1 which means 1. It is the falling left stroke as an ideogram of one of the two objects which are tied together by the middle character yao 幺1 which means one, small, and is an ideogram from a silk thread (the one small silk thread as the symbol of ONE and TINY, that is 幺 yao1). The bottom character  is an image of a bird as a symbol of the idea of small. yao1 幺 and xiao3 小 together make mi4 糸 which means silk.



single silk string small SYSTEM TO TIE



字幕 subtitles

Mu means curtain. let’s break it down! we see jin 巾 below which is a pictogram of a cloth on a rack. The rest of the character is simply “mo” a compound character which means “not yet”; mo is an ideogram of the great big sun which is still below the line of the grass i.e. the dawn, the sun has NOT YET risen. So this is “not yet” “curtain” i.e. a stage curtain, but also a drape. Here in 字幕 it is a curtain of text i.e. subtitles. of course means glyph character hieroglyph i.e. the zi of hanzi. It’s the image of a child beneath a roof with a book on his mind which s/he is learning to read (which is why and 学 xue study are related glyphs)U

Ds Drawn Strange
Underneath SUBTITLES 字幕

Uniform, CURTAIN 幕

莫 布 Mo bU MU 幕


参 can1/shen1 JOIN IN


In modern Chinese you will most often see this as 参加 can1jia1 to participate.
This character literally means ginger shen1 and is apparently also an ancient term for clique, party, fringe element. It thus can also carry the connotation of radical extremist fringe element depending on context. The shadow character at the bottom shan is the image of light beams and shadows. The middle character is a stretched out da which means big. The top character is si which means personal private secret. So the character’s idea may be private persons secretly assembling into a large shadowy group.


擦 安 参 Ca-An Can = wipe peace PARTICIPATE

Linkwords: Sane, Can

巢 Chao2 Nest

Chao2 NEST

Oriole’s NEST!

The three lines on top are the feathers of three birds living in the nest which is represented by the field character tian 田 which is on top of the tree character 木

叉凹 巢  Cha- -Ao  Fork Hollow NEST

吵的巢 chao de chao = a quarellsome nest!


Wong Fei

this is because once in a crowd i caught you by the eye
and because I can’t forget your face
in my dream by chance we can see ourselves again
since then i began to feel so alone
i miss you, you’re in the sky
i miss you, you’re ‘fore my eyes
i miss you, you’re in my mind
i miss you, you’re in my heart
I prefer believing in our past life.
The love story of this life will never change.
I would rather use this one life to wait for you to see
I am always right by your side
never going far

Steve Miller

A politico named Steve Miller has recently come into the limelight. Purportedly he ate glue as a 9 year old child.

Some people think it’s ok for teachers to divulge confidential information about their former students who were minor children. In fact that’s an abuse of confidence, a betrayal of trust and quite unfair. Divulging such stories by a person entrusted with guardianship shows a lack of good judgement and is evidence why such a person ought perhaps not be entrusted with small children.

But it gets worse. Do you know why children eat paper, glue, matches? Not boredom. Not gourmandise. Not to shock their elders. Children eat such things due to malnourishment.

The hypocritical false idealism and elitism of the U.S. political class explain why you have Trump as a backlash. People got tired of being sent to die and be broken in wars of choice. They got tired of seeing their friends or family die of opioids. And they got tired of being mocked by their self-appointed betters.

So: Although you *can* write TSPMVO you ought not to and this sentence shows why. Chinese people already have to put up with our incorrect tones and wrong measure words. Adding a potential grammar error by varying sentence order for style is foolish.
Chinese has no declensions or conjugation and so sentence order is fixed. STPMVO.
Also time is from most general to most specific, and place also is from largest to smallest. ALWAYS. Because: no declensions, no conjugation.

Wait, was that a non-sequitor? Something something.

撰 Zhuan4 Compile Compose


= tishoupang zhuan 撰

hand+pick up object together + already already = COMPILE COMPOSE

The abbreviated hand determinant is on the left. A pair of si4 snake symbols 巳  on top. In the oracle bone script these were clam shells representing the collected valuable objects. Beneath and to the right is the gong character which means 2 hands of at least 2 people picking up 1 object together. That gong means collective cooperative work. Compilation is the Collection of Works which have Already been realized.

Preview of Chinese Character Dictionary

This character series consists entirely of words which have the sound WU.
Mouseover the characters below to see the meaning of each word.

Click the characters below to see the pronunciation of the word.
Double click the word for an explanation of the word.
Mouseout to restore the definition back to the hanzi character.

勿无乌物午五武舞误务雾 Arranged in a logical progression.

乌1. 无2? 午五武舞3~ 物勿误务雾4! Arranged by tone.
Try to form a sentence or sentences using all this vocabulary.
Remember Chinese sentences are formed in STPMVO:
Subject time place manner verb object.

Chinese Sentence Order STPMVO

Chinese has no conjugations or declensions. Consequently word order is fixed and invariable. A Chinese sentence MUST be structured as follows.
STPMVO subject time place manner verb object.
The principle is: largest first, most specific last, i.e. the sentence moves from most geneal to most specific.
You’re not a native speaker don’t get poetic it will fail.
This difference between Sinitic and Indo-European languages also falsifies Chomsky’s theory of generative egrammar.

How to learn Chinese characters

How to learn Hanzi: 1) Learn the Kangxi radicals first. They are the alphabet (syllabry). then

2) Learn the pictograms and 3) learn the idograms. These are your base.
Pictograms are pictures of real things. Ideograms are abstract symbols.

a) The same picture element can be used to represent different visual things! 月 is a picture of the moon. It is ALSO a picture of a side of ribs! 厶 is a picture of a clenched fist and flexed arm. It is ALSO a picture of a silkworm!

b) phonetic and pictorial elements are mutually reinforcing. Phonetic clues are also semantic clues! Picture sound and meaning reinforce each other in complex characters! The phonetic clues are NOT arbitrary. No character is arbitrary.

c) Chinese is a RHYMING WRITING SYSTEM. So instead of spelling its a) syllables which b) RHYME. FINALS not Initials are what matter.

d) learn the six methods of forming characters (pictogram ideogram associative idea character, phono-semantic character, indicative transfer character, transliteration)

Learn characters in series of similar ones and relate them to each other. Example: 人认仁从众 Learn them as a group, much easier.

Use mnemonics. CAI collect all images 彩 pluck a some shade and light beside a tree!


If you want to understand the descendants of the dragon
then you have to study the scales and bones of the dragon

jia3 is the image of a turtle’s shell, on which ancient characters were written. SHELL, SCALES (of an animal or armor)

gu3 is the image of a skull on top of a ribcage, it is the bones on which ancient characters were written BONES

wen2 is the image of a person standing tall and stretching out proudly to describe CULTURE LANGUAGE
Jia gu wen is normally translated into English as: oracle bone script. The oracle bone script is the earliest and most complete writing on earth.
Let the scales fall from your eyes: learn to read Chinese.

彩虹 caihong RAINBOW 32

cai3hong2 RAINBOW


Illumination = COLORS

菜彩踩 cai3/4

Pick, pluck; pick a vegetable (dish); pick a light and shadow (color), pedal.



Red serpent ribbon in the sky! Chong gong hong hong

虫工红虹chong2 gong1 hong2 hong2
creepy-crawly animal, worker, red/honor, rainbow

Pluck a color or a shade of the red serpent in the sky!

Pictogram Palace Supplement: Chinese Prefixes and Suffixes

Chinese has prefixes and suffixes, much like English does.  Here is  a list of them.

-们 (men): -s
-地 (de): -ly
可- (kě): -able
重- (chóng): re-
第- (dì): -st, -nd, -rd, -th 化 (hua4) -ise
-学 (xué): -logy
-家 (jiā): -ist, -er
-着 (zhe): -ing
-性 (xìng): -ness, -ability
-主义 (zhǔyì): -ism

者 -er -ist
无 un- -less

抗 kang anti
预 yu pre

变色龙 – Chameleon 2 successive fourth tones.


bian4 se4 long2

One of the reasons I love to stare at Chinese glyphs is because they often reveal interesting details about history and culture art and science.

For example, the Chinese word for Chameleon is literally “changing color dragon”.

Isn’t that amazing? What a wonderful word in a wonderous world! Dragons really exist!

But… what is the favorite color of the 天龙之女?


Happy Chinese Valentines Day! 快乐情人节.
(bonus cheng yu , )


Decoding Liberty


At this time with similar hopes but dissimilar news
Willing to chase the moonlight, flowing flashing lord
the swan goose spreads, flies, limitless light
the sea serpent sinks, leaps – water becomes word

Plaintext: “And her name? Mother of Exiles.”

Seems like a remake of 青蛇 is coming out Tomorrow! :)


No one dares speak his name! Is there any who dare speak his name? The divine god protects and reveals!
Do not gasp desire is empty empty is desire desire changes empty space empty space becomes desire!
The end of an era is this moment of unchanging desire
This beautiful desire emerges, desire births desire asks who cannot love and cherish
Sing forth the song of cherished desire, the end of this era, the upright woman is me!
Do not dare speak his name! None dare speak his name! The divine god protects and reveals!
The divine dragon's daughter, a swirling song of the great mother, her heart's eye appears bewitched! 
Exhausted my role, consciousness of beautiful desire comes bidding you all to cherish and love
A good night again falls on the end of this world. man, treasure and cherish this night, remember me.

老百姓要求政治开放 (开放:解放)


laobaixing means “the people”. Laobaixing literally means “old 100 family-names” i.e. the denizens.

yaoqiu means request require ask demand. bid in the sense “i bid thee”. It literally means “want seek”


zheng means government (noun): it is 正 upright+armed hand on the right. i.e. the right use of force. Politische Gewalt.

治 zhi means to govern (verb)
government-to-govern is the literal translation of 政治

老 Lao means old. It is a highly stylized form of an old person using a cane. The cane is the horizontal slash. The old persons lousy legs are beneath. The cross is their head the horizontal line is their shoulders.

kai means to open.
fang means to release, to let go. It is a prisoner in stocks on the left, and a hand holding a hammer on the right.


CRIB: 老百姓要求政治开放.

MSS ENCRYPT: 生 SHENG4 (Pictogram Palace Wittastic Edition)

This is bigger than you or me.” -Humphrey Bogart

Today’s character is:

Let’s break it down!

On the left is the image of the crescent moon yue4. Yue is also the image of a side of ribs. It means moon, body, meat: The moon is a luminous body. in this character is a semantic element. here is the goddess of the moon, 嫦娥.

On the right is the image of a sprouting plant. 生 sheng1 which is the phonetic element in this character. Phonetic elements and semantic elements are mutually reinforcing! The characters were NOT arbitrarily chosen: they were selected by scribes with a view to the picture, the sound, and the meaning. All three elements are meant to be mutually reinforcing, so there is a purpose to careful scrutiny in deciphering Chinese characters.

is the image of the seed which has been planted and is now is sprouting: Thus, means birth. also means life. also means growth.

We see here by moonlight: or beside the human body.

is the victory of a woman giving birth. It is victory which has emerged after careful planning, planting, and patience.

! Sieg sheng de sheng! 申胜的胜! Fourth tone sheng!

Athena sprang forth fully formed from the brain of Zeus clad in armor crying  VICTORY!



凤凰 pictogram palace free supplement PHOENIX

Feng4 huang2 is the Chinese phoenix. It looks like this

Let’s break it down! The hand character is a stylization of an owl from oracle bone script. Owls are symbols of wisdom, vigilance, 360 vision, with vision penetrating the blackest night. The fan  character means ordinary and is related to feng wind Feng1 in this character is both phonetic and semantic
This is the bird that sounds like the wind itself!

And let’s talk about this NOT ordinary bird! (凡人 fan ren means ordinary person i.e. everyman). We know it is BRILLIANT BLINDING AND WHITE bai white is the sun itself with a ray of light. IT’S EYE IS THE SUN.
And it is NOBLE and ROYAL means king.
So? What bird is blindingly brilliant as the sun, with a song like the wind, and noble?
The phoenix!

凤凰 Flying hand, bright white bird-king! 就是凤凰!

Nine Heads

Brilliant White Royal PHOENIX
白 王 的 凰

Chinese Word of the Day: 机场 Airport! (pictogram palace free supplement)


ji1 chang3 means airport. It literally means “machine threshing-field”. Let’s break it down!
On the left we have the tree determinant 木 mu which is a picture of a tree. This character as a determinant (=concept key) designates structured, patterned, and/or wooden things. 木 is next to ji 几 the table character. 几 is a picture of a table seen from the side (2 legs and flat table top).
How does wood+table= machine? Well, the first machines were made of wood! And tended to be weapons. This particular machine is a crossbow, particularly its trigger. The crossbow is depicted here disassembled – unlike 尔 er, which is a picture of an assembled crossbow. Why? Because the idea of ji 机 here isn’t the weapon itself but rather the idea of a machine: a thing with parts which can be assembled and disassembled. So why “machine” for airplane? Basically it’s an abbreviation of 飞机 fei ji which means flying machine. 飞机 is a picture of a flying bird on the left (2 wings head on top tail below) next to machine. What kind of machine flies? An airplane! Well, you might know that German for airplane is “flying man-made thing”: Flugzeug. Chinese and German  here are similar, just like the Flugzeug is the Germany flying machine so also is fei ji the Chinese flying machine.



Ok, what about 场? The plus on the left which looks like a grave marker means “dirt clump, dirt wall, DIRT. It’s pronounced tu3. 土 On the right is yi 易 which means easy amiable, and is the image of the sun and moon in their mutual orbital relation which conveys the idea of mutuality and amity and also the exchange (of light of positions). The top part is the sun the lower vertical lines are the shadows or rays of sunlight cast onto the surface of the moon.

Why does it sound like Chang and nothing like tu or yi? Because this is an associative idea character NOT a phono-semantic character. It’s an associative idea character: earth (indicating  field)+exchanging changing (of wheat from chaff): two ideas are brought together to express a third different idea.
Why chang? Well, Chang E is the Chinese Goddess of the moon so perhaps that may help us remember the yi 易 amiable easy orbital exchang component of chang
From the idea of “threshing floor, threshing field” 场 the word chang extended its meaning to indicate fields and open spaces generally.


Character decomposition: 试 shi4

Character decomposition: let’s break it down to it’s components to figure it out. 试
yanzipang on the left is the abbreviated form of 言 which is a mouth sending out sound waves and means to say and looks like the western letter i in the simplified form of writing. This determinant tells us the character involves speaking or talking or words somehow, the idea of communication. When we TRY things we must talk about them both to learn the proper form and then to produce the proper form.
工 Gong1 is a work tool 工. It’s a picture of a Chinese two pronged pitch-fork with the handle on top and the tines below.
弋 yi4 is a retrievable throwing dart attached to a line.
working tool + retrievable throwing dart = form pattern style
式 shi4 mean form, pattern, style: I suppose it is a combined concept word (会议字) where two pictures/ideas come together to express a third.
Namely: Working with one’s hunting tools requires good form, proper pattern, a selective style.
式 is the phonetic element of 试. 试 is evidently a phono-semantic character.



练 Lian4 – Practice Train Drill Perfect

small silk selection collects attention catches the eyes it’s the perfect size.
Practice makes perfect!

In the oracle bone script the right character is an eye; selecting silk, which is on the left. Selecting silk requires training and practice to make it perfect.

Pictogram Palace Free Supplement 万事开头难

Mnemotechniques: 万事头难
literally: thousand matters begin head hard

wan4 shi4 kai1 tou4 nan2

wan thousand, as in wan thousand 1000 What A Number
shi So Here Is MATTER
kai Kick At It OPEN – the gate
tou tete french latin testus english HEAD
nan it’s Not Anything Nice or easy in fact it’s TOUGH to catch a BIRD WITH YOUR HAND
Slurred speech trick: “when she can too, n.a.n.”
(nan is an acronym for not a number; inane).

万事开头难 Aller Anfang ist Schwer. Iga Algus On Raske All Beginnings Are Hard

Sounding similar logical terms 计划 机会 Pictogram Palace Freebie

计划 jihua44 and ji hui 机会14 are both important terms. they are high frequency and decisional connectors. one means plan, the other means opportunity. let’s not screw this  up. how to remember them?

Let’s start with ji as in strateJI becase that’s what it is. Strategic thinking requires sharp timing. And what do we know that’s sharp and precise? A needle!  zhen1 means needle.

什 ren2 +shi2 =shen=what.

But ji is
yanzipang on the left tells us this is about speaking. shi tenon the right. speaking+10=calculating.

jihua 计划

划 hua on the right means plan.
Mnemonic: Judge It Here Upon Another

calculated plan = strategy.


jihui then means plan 机 this ji means trigger, as in trigger of a gun, specifically a crossbow and thus the idea of MACHINE. 会 on the right means an assembly or gathering; it is specifically the idea of a temple-county fair. The top ren is actually a mouth eating food pac man style (the food is the dot). The bottom arrow indicates the idea of motion movement arrival. also the top ren (which is really a mouth) may be seen as a roof. This shows that hanzi are sometimes polysemic but their polysemicity is reinforcing.
Mnemonic: Join In Under Anonymous Identity

Trigger Meeting = Opportunity.

请保重 ; 走吧 character break-down (Pictogram Palace: Free Supplement)

Chinese characters are fundamentally built out from pictures. So for example bao3 保 indeed IS a picture of a guard!(人person口mouth木tree) Qing 请 is a pictophonetic compound character. On the left is the yanzipang which means to say or speak: in simplified yan is a mouth with sound waves 言. In modern it is the english letter i! because I the worker (工人) want to say something, something revolutionary. The phonetic element 青 is on the right that is a compound character. on top right is zhu 主 which is a column with a torch on it symbolizing the lordly manor. beneath that is the moon character yue 月 which here is symbol of that which is changeable (moon goes through phases). Qing itself is the shifting shade of blue-green which may be seen in the sea water or in the flame of a candle (see also zhu above). So qing is the idea of a color, then changeability, and thus by metaphore emotion (情). This Qing 请 exactly means the same as German “bitte”, I bid thee,
So “I bid thee guard”
guard what? Heavily!
Zhong 重 is a tougher one. On the bottom is tu3 土 the dirt character it means a clump of earth (in jia gu wen it is the clay wall of a primitive cave-house). Above tu3 is tian 田 the farmer field / rice paddy character. Tu3+Tian in that combination means 里 li, the hometown, the home village, your neighborhood, which is obviously something important.
But above 里 are 2 additional lines! What could they mean? qian 千 1000. It is the number 1000. I guess 1000 home-villages 1000 farmers houses and fields would be mighty important!

Chinese characters are combinations of pictures, symbols, some of which may also be phonetic clues as to pronunciation.

So: literally 请保重 means “I bid thee guard thy neighbor hood and they neighbors’ hoods”!

ba 巴 is a picture of a coBrA snake. It symbolizes the idea of alterity, the other. Here it is used as a phonetic element 吧 means ok.
zou 走 is a clump of earth tu3 土 on top of 正 zheng which means upright just or tu3 土 on top of 止 zhi which means stop. zhi 止 is a picture of a foot though i found it easier to think of it as a person on the left forced to stop by a tall high tree or wall on the right 上 shang means tall.
foot+dirt = go rhymes with zou
foot but no dirt means stop because you can’t walk without something to walk on, i guess.
hanzi are pictures and symbols which in turn are used as phonetic clues for more complex compound characters which are comprised of highly stylized pictures with abstract symbols and sound clues.

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Character break-down for yan2 颜:

li4 on the top left it means standing it’s the image of a person standing. and that person is right on top of han/chang3

a cliff. together

chan3 means production it’s the image of a factory on a cliff building standing on a cliff. there are shan shadows

cast onto that cliff. Beside the man on the cliff standing over shadows on the cliff is the image of a persons face ye4

(chopstick as a hair-tie).
This is the idea of color: colors on one’s face, the colors cast by shadows.
页 on the left is the phonetic clue to the initial sound Y shan 彡 on the left is the phonetic clue to the final sound. Imagery: A man standing on a cliff stroking his beard as shadows fall onto the cliff, we can clearly see the COLORS of his face the COLORS on the cliff.
Nuance =

楹 ying2 PILLAR(Pictogram Palace)

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Ying2 means pillar. a wood determinant 木 to the left (mu), so we know it’s either something wooden or a strong structured patterned object. on the top right is a pregnant woman yun 孕。 On the lower right is a dish or a pan min 皿.

ying2 is at least a phonetic clue. 盈 ying2 means overflowing, so the pillar here is a powerful pillar, imposing。The image on the right then is of a mother with overflowing nourishment for children.



Machiavelli versus Sun Tzu

Machiavelli: “You should lie cheat steal and kill for power so you can rule others in their best interest.”
Sun Tzu: “You really shouldn’t go to war, it’s quite destructive and you probably haven’t thought it out thoroughly. By the way, the war is over before the first shot is fired. Pro-tip: seize enemy resources.” Sun Tzu

鄭氏 Ching Shih (Sprachwitzenschach)

鄭氏 Ching Shih was the master 师 man
and she came from a drinking 酒 clan 民!
Shih had a heart of stone 石 shone like the great big sun 陽 above
what drove her hard was hate and love.
Given name: Stone Sun
War name: 鄭氏 Widow of Zheng

Her very name meant vengeance!
trust me men she did a death dance!

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1) Learn the etymology of the characters. So you must study the oracle bones and then the seal script and bronze script to understand what the character is a simplified and stylized image of. Knowing what the character really depicts, really means, and its evolution via stylization and simplification makes it MUCH easier to remember the meaning of the character.
2) Study characters in series of related ones. Often the character originally had a literal meaning which then became a metaphor; radicals were then added to distinguish literary and metaphorical from literal meanings. No determinant means its probably a literal object.
3) nouns are also verbs in ancient Chinese. Often modern nouns are also verbs though even in modern chinese. this distinction may also explain the addition of determinants.
4) Make a mnemonic out of the pinyin: JIN J.ust I.nches N.ow =CLOSE 近
5) I like to learn characters which are sound-alikes and also characters which are look alikes.
夫大天未末禾米失木 look much alike are all basic characters and you must understand these are pictures of literal objects or symbols of literal objects. Fu is a rich man with a big hat. big is a man with his arms stretched out wide da. sky tian is a big man under 1 cloud. wei is a tree which has NOT YET grown fully. mo is the tip of that tree which is now fully grown. he is a grain stalk the top line is full ripe and drooping, rice is small grains on a bush mi, an arrow which misses its mark is shi and a tree has one three legs (roots, though i prefer to see it as 1 trunk and 2 lower branches)
this is an example of a character set. they all sound like pu.
普 谱 潽 镨 鐠
first is the root:
the determinants added distinguish other related words which are at least sound-alikes.
4) Semantic and phonetic and pictorial elements are reinforcing! there are so many homonyms that the scribes had plenty of choices and definite reasons for choosing THIS character to represent the meaning or THAT character as a phonetic AND/OR semantic and pictorial element.

Hanzi are sound-pictures. The semantic phonetic and pictorial elements are COMPLIMENTARY and not arbitrary!

则 Pictogram Palace Freebie ZE2 =Standard, Norm, Criteria

ZE2 is the image of an eye on legs to to the left; the right two lines are a sword. it means
standard norm regulation rule. It is an associative compound character: two literal objects are associated with each other to present a concept. 见 Jian on the left means vision, Dao 刀 on the right means sword so as far as I see there is no phonetic component here.  The dao character here appears in its abbreviated compressed form as it is a radical.
TSE This STANDARD’s Explanation (in Wade Gillis pinyin Z was Ts)
ZE Zero Exceptions STANDARD

It’s the idea of a rule to be sought, i.e. a norm, a goal, a standard; law as “ought” rather than “is”; an ex ante perspective.

Chinese Poetry



one’s-self as ancient nation
true love and friends abide
thousands of songs and ten thousand tomes
praise Lady Zhaojun
her political marriage put out
the fire and flame of war
this solemn verdant tomb
draws the present to past once more

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Tian1Ming4 Literally means “heaven fate”. The mandate of heaven, similar to the divine right of kings.

This is the image of a man standing with his arms spread out under the clouds of the sky above
means big
 means one. Put them together and One Big Man under One sky/cloud/heaven。

Above is a roof, or a person 人. Below the roof is one Together make ji2 which means assembly (one group of people under one roof). MING4 FATE

Below is a mouth on the left kou4 and an obeisant person on the right. Together they make kou4 which means to get on one’s knees and bow to the floor in reverence.

An assembly of people bowing reverently to their FATE MING4

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Civitas, city, is the origin the idea of civil. Civil as in civilized originally meant “Roman” (da qin) then the states successors to Rome and then extended to the idea of those cultures which had escaped barbarism such as cannibalism, human sacrifice and other fundamental violations of human right.

节决 =

xi4 jie2 jue2 ding4 cheng2 bai4

xi4 means fine. it is a strand of silk next to a lattice work. silk itself is fine. to the right of the silk determinant is the character for field. hanzi may use the same shape to depict different physical objects! I believe this one is an embroidery. In any case the character means fine, detailed.

jie2 usually means festival; a festive occasion. It also means node joint section, its use here. Festivals are but one node, one section in the social fabric.
The grass determinant on top means the character is about vegetation somehow. the lower character 卩 is a royal seal, or the image of a person bowing, or of a person from the back with their right arm hooked. This festival has the royal seal of approval! xi+jie = positive details, details which require perhaps hard work but which are positive, happy!

jue2 is the image of a jade pendant worn at one’s waist symbol of ancestral and even royal power. the ice determinant emphasizes the idea of decisional royal and ancestral power.

ding4 means condition, state. It is the image of “to be upright” (zheng1) underneath 宀 “a roof”. It conveys the idea of a certain condition, the condition of certitude.

cheng2 is the image of ge1 halberd (military spear) at the cliffs han3 outside the city. it means by metaphor the idea of to make, to become, to succeed. Because the city (cheng shi) can only exist if the citizenry manning the ramparts, otherwise it is conquered and destroyed.

bai4 means defeat. on the left is a pictograph of a clam shell (bei4: shell on the outside, meat on the inside). beside bei clamshell/money is the image of a person’s hand (you2) holding a stick 攵(chinese pictographs are highly stylized and simple). Bai4 is an associative compound character: namely two ideas are brought together – a clam, which was MONEY in ancient china – and a man with a stick. Well, a good beat down will ruin the fine cowrie shells, huh! Stick beats Shell (and breaks it) as a symbol of the idea of defeat.

This phrase “details make the difference between success and defeat”.

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地狱 Hell 

Chinese hell is
1) a place on earth 土 with
2) two headed snakes 也
3) and dogs 狗
4) which talk 言
5) and are vicious 犬
And worst of all you have no phonetic clue as to how to pronounce ANYTHING you read there!

Inter = (Earthly, physical, and/or material) Place

Underground! = Jail
(associative idea character, no phonetic component)

(Hell, in China, is a Place of Imprisonment on earth…)

Both are di4 and yu4 are 4th tone.


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To analyze

Tree on the left
Ax on the right

jin mu xi de xi is an ASSOCIATIVE IDEA CHARACTER (hui yi zi) it is NOT a phonosemantic compound character. It’s the idea of the ax chopping the tree to bits which is what ANALYSIS does: it breaks the thing down to its components to understand the object.
X-rays eXempify
Intensive = ANALYSIS

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剁手 duo shou literally “to chop off [one’s own] hands”
meaning: don’t touch it, particularly with regard to shopping

wo mei duo shou, suo yi wo dei chi tu
= I didn’t chop off [my] hands so I must eat dirt
=I could not resist shopping, so now I have no money.

Hanzi mnemonics:
朵 table top tree = flower bud
pictogram: it’s a picture of an inverted flower bud
Delightful Unusual Orchid BUD=DUO

剁 flower bud plus knife = chop
Dreadful Unpleasant Outrageous CHOP=DUO


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Free Character Example from Pictogram Palace: 所

Episodic, biographical, and spatial memory are apparently humans’ strongest memories. In my case however, episodic and biographical memory are … problematic. I seem to have compensated by resorting to vocal memories, memories of words.

Episodic memory is the memory of a particular event in one’s own life. Spatial memory is memory of particular places and paths, also from one’s own actual experiences. Part of biographical memory is face recognition, where I am particularly bad.

I remember new words by relating them to known words. Most frequently I will use cognates, synonyms and alliteration. Infrequently, excepting in Chinese, I will use mnemonics. I take the pinyin of a Chinese word and turn it into a mnemonic as a memory key of the word.

For example the word suo: 所. Suo is the image of the name plate over a door 户 beside a workman’s digging tool (jin 斤). Suo means PLACE specifically a DWELLING PLACE. Home is the place you put your tools outside the door.

This word is an associative idea (hui yi zi). It does not have a sonic clue. zhu is the dot on top, the name plate. Shi is the body/corpse character and at least gives a hint that this word starts with S. Jin on the right provides no sound clue. But zhu+shi=hU. So we now have a U. I would like to solve the puzzle!


set up one’s PLACE

Image: one work tool beside one house door with the owner’s name plate on that door.

While this does use “props”, the actual material objects (a residential door with a registry name plate on it and a digging tool) There’s no action or biographical hooks here. There is however a mnemonic: set up one’s PLACE

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BTW, 所有的人 = anyone, everyman, everyone, is a frequent phrase which uses 所 suoyouderen

set up one’s PLACE you own uh HAVE dear each OF really each new PERSON


I do not use transpositions to generate mnemonics. SUO can be transposed into


But I think trying to construct mnemonics from any of that would only lead to confusion.

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相 Xiang is a picture of a tree on the left 木 and an eye on the right 目. These two characters sound alike! They both sound like this: mu. Xiang is an associative-idea character. It represents a concept by presenting two pictograms which are associated together into the concept.
This Xiang means alike, mutuality, similarity. The idea is these two characters sound alike and together represent the idea of mutuality, alike, similarity.

Memory tricks:

“trees as far as the eye can see! and they all look ALIKE.


公 Gong:This Gong is the number 8 八 on top (two vertical lines) and beneath it is a clenched right arm with a fist 厶. This gong means work, power, masculine, male, bull, and public power.

Mutual+Public Power, Bull, Masculine = Sir


And just like that you know two more characters and a word and an idea about how many Chinese characters are formed: pictograms, ideograms, and associative idea characters are the basis from which the phonosemantic characters will be built.

When in Rome do as the Romans do

ru guo wen jin, ru xiang1 sui2 su2
enter kingdom ask prohibit, enter countryside follow customs
kou men de wen, biao lin de jin, xiang cun de xiang, sui bian de sui, su gu de su

the People in the Valley follow their CUSTOMS

La vaca es muerte. CCC

Apparently, Beta O’Rourke was a member of the cult of the dead cow, a computer hacking group from the 1990s.

Some apparently think CotDC to be the oldest or first hacking group. It was not. Chaos Computer Club (CCC) was in fact the first hacking group, dating back to at least the 1980s and possibly even the 1970s.

Just look up back issues of 2600 and do your primary research.

Bad reporting follows:

Presidential Questions

Currently Warren is making all the wrong moves. More or less a social democrat, the fact is the US people are not social democrats, let alone communists, which is exactly what she will be painted into a corner by. Currently, I do not anticipate Warren to win the presidency. Whether she wins the Democratic nomination is still an open question.

Meanwhile, Biden still dreams of being a gerentocrat. In this election we are going to see millenials rejecting the gerontocracy. I do not expect Biden to win the presidency. He might not even win the democratic nomination.

All the other contenders for the democratic nomination are sufficiently young and “unknown quantities” to be capable of being nominated and elected. They have all the mistakes to make. Warren and Biden have probably both made sufficient mistakes to lose either the nomination or the election or both.

Fermi’s Paradox : Solved.

Enrico Fermi once famously asked something like this: <<If there are alien life forms out there in space, where are they all? Why aren’t they coming?>>

This famous quip generates a lot of thought. To me the answer seems rather obvious. Space is HUGE. The distances between stars are VAST and many probably most planets are uninhabitable. Other planets are years, even decades away, even moving at light speed, as electrical waves do.

Earthlings have been emitting radio waves for about 100 years now. So only planets within 100 light years have any chance at all of even knowing we are here. With each passing year however it becomes likelier that some alien civilization will discover us.

But wait! It gets worse! Even if “they” hear our faint 100 year old radio emissions, it would take them as many years to get back to us, at least, as we took to get to them!

Where are all the aliens? Simple. They don’t know we’re here. They can’t know we’re here till our radio waves reach them. And even then however long it takes for them to hear our faint old radio signals (and decode them): it will take that long for them just to get back to use using radio waves, to say nothing of their inevitably much slower space ships.

Likely we will discover or likelier be discovered within 1000 years. Maybe even as few as 100. But likely no quicker than that, unfortunately.

Biden his time: Dumb Power

“I challenge you: Name me one innovative project, one innovative change, one innovative product that has come out of China,” Joe Biden

This racist stupidity explains why Biden should not bother to run for President.
The stupid white idea that China / Japan / anyone who isn’t white cannot/does not invent or innovate is simply wrong. It panders to violent idiots and sets U.S. foreign policy up for more mistakes.

Historically, China is famous for four great inventions, which Biden is obviously ignorant of. Chinese inventions include paper, paper money, moveable type, the magnetic compass, gunpowder, rockets, fireworks. That’s is all prior to the industrial revolution. China has invented plenty of things since then.

Ignorant racists ought not to be President. People who pander to violent racists ought not to be President.

Bye-Bye Biden.

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Summary Execution: The imposition of death on a criminal after a perfunctory judicial hearing. Unlike extra-judicial execution. Summary executions claim to be done under color of law, i.e. they purport to be lawful acts by a state actor. See:
Kadic v. Karadzic, 70 F. 3d 232, 237 US Ct. App., 2nd Circuit (1995).

Drum Head Court Martial / Drum Head Execution: Drum head execution is a summary execution imposed on a criminal after a court martial, i.e. a military hearing. See: Luther v. Borden, 48 US 1, 62 US Supreme Court (1849).

Fact Pattern:
Paul Erickson, a Republiscam (q.v.) was recently indicted on 11 counts of money laundering and wire fraud, which are financial crimes I detail in this book.

Erickson’s long time girlfriend, one Mme. Butina, was a Russian spy who infiltrated the NRA. In other words, Erickson is an accomplice to espionage.

Espionage in the USA is a capital crime. Convicted spies in the USA may be lawfully hung by the neck until dead.
Erickson might be under a sealed indictment for any FISA related crimes.

In some countries traitors are taken out and shot, and then they make the criminal’s family pay for the bullet. Espionage in the USA is in fact a capital crime. So is high treason.

Were I were Erickson’s lawyer I would be advising him to flip, or flop. Confessing and turning state’s evidence is the smart move here because he can easily be indicted on much graver crimes.
Erickson’s out on bail – for now. I suppose they will put a hold on his passport. Let’s find out!

This is just one gun shot in a decades long war of intelligence, counter-intelligence, and organized crime prosecution. The circular firing squad is about to start: be sure to get some pop corn, munch munch.


Yes Virginia… Operation Bagration – The Destruction of Army Group Center

You dear reader have likely never heard of the most succesful military operation in human history: Operation Bagration. In the West, it tends to be “merely” called “the destruction of Army Group Center”.

To give you an idea: A division is around 10,000 men. A corps is around 2-3 divisions. An army is around 2-3 corps. And an army group is around 2-3 armies. The Germans sustained some 400,000 casualties, were out-numbered about 10 to 1 in tanks, 8 to 1 in aircraft and 17 to 1 in artillery. This is the European equivalent of the Mariana’s Turkey Shoot” a battle you might be familiar with in its enormous and lopsided outcome.

The real lessons of Bagration have never been absorbed by the west.
1) The Anglo-American’s had ULTRA. But the Soviets had Deza, Maskirovka, Tainost, and Aktivne Meropriyatie. Soviet intelligence services were every bit as effective as their western counterparts, albeit asymmetrically. The failure to notice this explains problems like Syria, Brexit, and electoral interference.
2) Artillery Artillery Artillery. The Soviets and Russians use mass artillery and much more effectively than their western counterparts. US doctrine must develop an effective counter-battery tactic, including eWar aspects as experiences in Ukraine since 2014 show.

During Bagration, the USSR destroyed an entire German army group: estimate that at 3x3x3x10,000 and that’s a minimal estimate. Basically the Soviets destroyed, utterly, more than 1/3 of the entire nazi war machine in Eastern Europe, about 1/4 of the ENTIRE nazi war machine in ONE operation.

The main reason they were able to do this was due to deception operations. The Germans were expecting to be attacked in the Ukraine, not Belarus, so all their tanks were out of position because of Soviet Deception and Secrecy. Added to this, Hitler himself issued  a “no retreat order” so many units which might have been able to escape were ordered to stand fast and die fighting, which they did.

What we are witnessing in Virginia currently is the political equivalent of the destruction of army group center.

Only this time it is the Virginia democratic party which is being shredded. This isn’t because the Russian’s objective is to keep Trump or the Republicans in power. They are indifferent to that. Their objective is to paralyze U.S. foreign policy and if possible to infiltrate and influence it. They have not been succesful at the latter.

Thing is… this apparent tactical rout.. it’s part of a much larger and impending political rout which will leave one or both major U.S. political parties incapable of winning the white house or governing effectively if they do. The Republican party is probably finished as a national party though that is not yet visible. The democrats likewise may be doomed as a national political party.

In ten years we will still be writing about the destruction of the U.S. political system and the conclusion of several decades of police operations against organized crime and counter-intelligence investigation.

Some will die violently in the streets under mysterious circumstances: “accidents” “suicides” and “heart attacks”. Still others will die in jail. The transformation of the global political stage will leave you a world which is from today’s perspective unrecognizeable.

These are some books I wrote which allude to or detail the above.

Strap yourself in, coz Kansas is going bye bye!

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