Tuesday

It didn’t take me too long to track down my favorite candy – see?

Also, I thought it is time for the readers of my blog to learn a little more about the written Chinese language, a language of pictographs.  Many basic Chinese characters are in fact highly stylized pictures of what they present, but about 90% of characters is a combination of a ‘meaning’ element and a ‘sound’ element.   A contemporary Chinese person might know and use between 6,000 and 8,000 characters, and a person can get by with as few as 2,000 or 3,000.  The two characters below stand for ‘entrance’.  ‘Exit’ looks like this .. 出口.   And for a space where the door or gate is open, the symbols look like this .. 出入口.   (Remember the symbol for ‘push’ on the door handle on my Friday post?  I’m sure you don’t!  Here it is ..   推).

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