About


“Ah, this is fine,” he cried triumphantly, holding up a small medallion on a chain. He dusted it off, and engraved on one side were the words “WHY NOT?” “That’s a good reason for almost anything – a bit used perhaps, but still quite serviceable.”
― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Hello

Hello! I am Cornelius. This is my blog. Originally, it was centered around my slightly obsessive interest in writing systems, but in practice it mainly dealt with Chinese characters and language. That’s still going to be a thing, but the blog is now officially just about whatever I want to blog about.

If you are interested in learning Chinese*, there are lots of helpful mnemonic pictures and illustrations, which I have tried my best to also make entertaining in their own right. There are also many posts with no intentional educational value whatsover! For examples of what you can find here, look at the featured posts or my personal favorites.

*Mandarin Chinese (putonghua), that is. Probably also be useful for other variants of Chinese, as well as Japanese, Korean, possibly old-timey Vietnamese… not a lot of support for that at the moment though.

In case you are interested in my qualifications, here they are:

  • I’ve taken a few Chinese lessons.
  • I have a blog

© Cornelius Götz von Olenhusen

Disclaimer: Not much nsfw content here, if any, I think, but obviously that depends on where you work. There’s cartoony violence, implied nudity, suggestive content, pinups, political commentary & satire, links to nsfw sites…that kind of stuff. Gender Studies Teacher in Canada–you’re probably fine. Catholic Nun in Ireland–you’ve got some ‘splaining to do. Accountant in Germany–probably won’t get you fired as long as you’re on break, but tread carefully. Elementary school teacher in the PRC–no, nope, nyet, nein, 不是. Freelance artist in France–Should be okay. Businessman in Japan–I have no idea. 

27 thoughts on “About

  1. Hallo Cornelius, thank you for visiting my blog and liking my drawings – it is much appreciated .)
    Loving your humorous take on kangxi mnemonic pictures. I’m just in the process of studying japanese kanji myself, so it’s fun to compare.

    m.

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  2. Hi Cornelius,

    On my back burner is a desire to produce an instruction book on practical Chinese idioms. Your illustrations would liven up such a book and give the readers a lasting impression of the idioms they are learning. Most of the currently available books on Chinese idioms are either too deep and dry or too shallow. Yeah, if you yourself would like to take on such a project and need some help, I’d be happy to provide it as time permits.

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  3. Lieber Cornelius,

    ich bin Yingyi, eine chinesische Studentin in Düsseldorf. Deine Illustrationen über die chinesische Redewendungen finde ich sehr toll und beeindruckend. Wir habe eine chinesische Gesellschaft in Düsseldorf. Und deine Werke haben uns begeistert. Ich weiß nicht, ob du Lust hast, deine Werke auf unseren Webseiten, Magazin zu veröffentlichen? Wir sind von dem Verein der chinesischen Wissenschaftler und Studenten Düsseldorf e.V und auch von der Gesellschaft für deutsch-chinesische Freundschaft Düsseldorf e.V..
    http://www.gdcf-duesseldorf.de/
    http://www.vcws.org/about/show.php?lang=cn&id=69
    Auf deine Antwort freue ich mich sehr.
    Best Grüße
    Yingyi

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  4. Hi friend,
    My name is 正博(Zhèngbó),I’ve heard about you from a friend.With curiosity I have just visited ur blogs.Its really interesting haha.If I got a learn book like that,I would have more interest learning a foreign language xDD.Btw though what you’ve posted,I see ur patience and the warm heart^^ .
    加油(jiāyóu)!
    fighting!

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  5. Hi Cornelius,
    it’s really nice to see your blog, and I’m happy to see that you’re interested in Chinese and the Chinese culture. I really admire you for that you’ve already posted so many articles and do it still persistent. I find the “writing home” mostly interesting, it remind me of my school time. The “stricking Iron” is great as well. And those stick figures are really funny and expressive. It makes me a lot of fun to read your blog. Thank you! 😉
    hope you have a nice day!
    Kind Regards,
    Jiaojiao

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  6. Hallo Cornelius,
    meine Freundin hat mir dein Blog-Adresse gegeben. Aus Neugier habe ich deine Artikeln in Ruhe gelesen. Deine Meinungen sind sehr neu und originell.
    Als Deutsche hast du große Interesse für chinesische Kultur, ganz toll!! Ich freue mich auf deine mehrere Artikeln.😄
    MfG,
    Yangyang

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  7. Dear Cornelius,

    U r amazing♥♥♥

    I want to give U a hug and kiss U.

    I hope U can smile everyday, and the sun shines always for U in your heart.

    Do U have a SMILE today? R U happy today?

    Give U my best wishes♥

    Miss U

    Love
    Jiayi

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  8. Greetings Cornelius

    You have made a huge different in my life while learning Chinese characters.

    There is nothing available to beat your illustrations which are each a work of art.

    I have a system I am using to prepare for the HSK 3 exam and wanted to share it with you below if you are interested?

    I have completed 240 characters so far with my Chinese students help me.

    Think it would sell well as a book.

    Many thanks
    Tadhg [秦長漢]

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  9. Greetings Cornelius

    You have made a huge different in my life while learning Chinese characters.

    There is nothing available to beat your illustrations which are each a work of art.

    I have a system I am using to prepare for the HSK 3 exam and wanted to share it with you below if you are interested?

    I have completed 240 characters so far with my Chinese students help me.

    Think it would sell well as a book.

    Many thanks
    Tadhg [秦長漢]

    CANNOT POST THE PICTURE HERE

    Like

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