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Ed Jaggard's Chinese Words for Week of 01-12-98

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ce4 huang3 qi4

lie detector

ce4 - to measure; survey
huang3 - lie
qi4 - device; apparatus

Here is one of those self-explanatory words. In Chinese, a lie detector is a measure-lie-device.

January 18, 1998


ju3 yu3

uneven teeth; discord

ju3yu3 - 1. irregular teeth; uneven teeth 2. to have discord; to disagree

This is one of those interesting two-character compounds that you may never see anywhere but in a dictionary. Personally, I find these seldom seen characters and compounds interesting, so you will encounter them here!

January 17, 1998


rong2 shu4

banyan tree

rong2 - banyan tree
shu4 - tree

The banyan is an interesting tree found in much of Southeast Asia from China to India. The tree is in the Ficus family and is related to the figs and Indian Rubber plants familiar to many. The banyan grows to a large size and then sends out aerial roots which when they touch the ground form new trunks. Left to itself, one banyan could potentially form an entire forest! The capital of Fujian Province, Fuzhou, is famous for its banyan trees. There are a few in one of my favorite vacation spots, Key West, Florida. In searching for banyan on the internet, I found that the word popped up frequently in sites dealing with bonsai and I found one site where you can buy banyan seeds.

January 16, 1998

Fuzhou - City of Banyan Trees

Key West Banyan Resort
Has some pix of banyan trees

ji1 guang1 quan2 xi2 zhao4 xiang4

laser hologram

ji1guang1 - laser; "stimulated light"
quan2 - whole; entire
xi2 - news; information
zhao4xiang4 - photograph; snapshot; picture
quan2xi2zhao4xiang4 - hologram

January 15, 1998

Amazing Holograms and Laser's Holoshop
Check out the Hologram Gallery

Holography and Hologram Tutorial
Learn the principles behind the magic!!

Holos Gallery Online
Holographic Art Gallery

si1 niang4


si1 - contraband
niang4 - to brew

January 15, 1998

Moonshine Supplies

Ray's Dukes of Hazzard Homepage

xin4 tian1 weng1


xin4 - confidence; trust; faith
tian1 - sky; heaven
weng1 - old man

The albatross is a majestic seabird about which seafaring legends abound. After checking the links to the right to see what they look like, click the third link to read The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It tells what happens to a hapless seaman who kills an albatross with his cross-bow. Talk about having a bad day!!!!

January 13, 1998

The Albatrosses

The Black-browed Albatross at PBS

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Read the online text of Coleridge's poem and see what happens when you mistreat an albatross!!!!

han2 wu3 ji4

Cambrian Period

han2 - 1. cold; frigid 2. poor; needy
wu3 - 1. military 2. valiant; fierce
ji4 - a geological period

The Cambrian Period (from a Latin form of the Welsh name for Wales) begins the Paleozoic Era about 544 mya, and comes to a close about 510 mya. it was during the Cambrian that life "exploded," developing almost all of the major groups in a relatively short time.

January 12, 1998

The Cambrian

The Cambrian Explosion Website
Uses 3-D computer graphics - Check It OUT!!!

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