“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! 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.