guo1 - cooking pot; pan
xue - 1. cave; den; hole in the ground; hole
Also called a kettle basin: a geological depression associated with glacier movement.
February 3, 1999
Kettle Hole near Rotarfjallj闥ull
A big one!!
KENDALL KETTLE HOLE 106 ATLANTIC STREET
Description of a kettle hole in North Quincy, Massachusetts
Kettle in Tasman Glacier, New Zealand 1
Geology Image Archive - Glaciation
Has an image of evergreen-filled kettle holes near Jackson's Hole, Wyoming.
zha2 - to fry in oil or fat
yu4mi3 - Indian corn; maize
....yu4 - 1. a precious stone - esp. jade; gem
....mi3 - 1. hulled or husked rice; uncooked rice
pian4 - a piece; a slice; a fragment; a chip
One of my favorite snack foods.
February 4, 1999
Salsa2U - America's Monthly Gourmet Salsa Club
Stuff to put on your corn chips!!
Corn Chip Toss
chao2 - to ridicule; jeer; sneer; scoff; mock; deride
dong1 - thrush
Check out the links to the right.
February 5, 1999
The Texas State Bird: Mockingbird
This site has a picture and some sound files (wav and ra)
Wild Birds Forever
Learn about the Mockingbird
Info including "How to attract mockingbirds to your backyard"
pian2 - calluses
zhi1 - calluses on hands or feet
pian2zhi1 - calluses on hands or feet
ti3 - body
The corpus callosum is a major brain structure which connects the two cerebral hemispheres. Check out the links for further details.
The first two fairly uncommon characters separately and in combination mean "callus or calluses" in the common sense of the word as a thickening of the skin usually found on the hands or feet.
February 6, 1999
An interesting slide show - a little slow but well worth checking out!
MIND - what goes on inside this crazy noggin callosum
A sectional view (photo) with a brief description.
Cute one-pager discussing the right and left sides of the brain with an interesting clickable image.
fan3 - reverse; opposite
xiang4 - direction
chan3 - shovel; scoop
Backhoes are a different breed of heavy equipment. Small models can be of assistance to the average homeowner while their bigger counterparts engage in heavy construction activities.
Because of their shape, they look - well, cool!!
Check out the links to the right.
February 7, 1999
Backhoes for sale
The Meccano Model Library
Interesting model of a backhoe
tiao2 - 1. to mix; blend 2. to harmonize; regulate; adjust
wei4 - 1. taste; flavor; smell; odor 2. a delicacy; a dainty
tiao2wei4 - to season foods; mix flavors
tiaowei4pin3 - seasoning; spice
pin3 - article; commodity
jia4 - 1. a prop; stand; rack; frame; to prop up; to support 2. framework; scaffold
My main purpose in choosing this word today, is to emphasize the last character - jia4. The word itself is interesting enough, but I want to share some thoughts on learning Chinese using jia4 as an example.
When I first started learning Chinese, my first impression of this character was to dismiss it as a character of limited value. Only recently have I come to respect this character and several like it (like gai4 - a cover) which have proved to be much more useful than I first thought.
It's usefulness manifests itself in its use as a suffix in words such as clothes rack, rifle rack, mantel, dish rack, pen rack, bottle rack, filing shelves, roof rack, pipe rack, trestlework, scaffold, grill, brackets of all sorts, mounting shaft, oarlock, slide-out shelf, etc.
My point is that you should not overlook or neglect a Chinese character because it may seem at first to be too mundane or trivial, because as your study of the language progesses, you may find yourself encountering that character over and over again in all sorts of situations. Jia4 is such a character.
February 8, 1999
Milk Spice's Spice Rack
A different type of spice rack!
Info on all kinds of spices.
Sears: Spice Rack
Sears - How to build a spice rack.
di4 - rainbow
dong1 - rainbow
February 9, 1999
Nice collection of beautiful rainbows!
Questions about rainbows
Get your questions answered here
The Rainbow Maker Website
Cool site!! This artist uses pumps and light to create his own rainbows!!
ruan3 - to wriggle
chong2 - insects; worms
dong4 - cave; hole
This theory has fueled many episodes of science fiction series such as STNG, STV and Babylon5 as well as science fiction movies.
Check out some of the links I've provided for more insight into the fiction and reality of wormholes.
February 10, 1999
Chinese language site I found using the word for "wormhole" in the KIMO seach Engine.
Stephen Hawking's Universe
Subject matter includes wormholes and more!!! Provides answers for questions like "Is a wormhole anything like an anthill?"
Time Travel in Flatland
Really Cool Site!!
Erks's Wormhole Pages
Cool site!! The scoop on wormholes, time, the universe, gravity, etc.!!
Lots of Links to the above-mentioned stuff!!
sheng1wu4 - living thing; organism; bio-
....sheng1 - to live; life; living; livelihood; alive
....wu4 - thing; matter; being
fan3kui4 - feedback
....fan3 - reverse; opposite; contrary
....kui4 - 1. to offer food to a superior 2. to present as a gift
Once considered an esoteric art restricted to the practioners of yoga, biofeedback training is now a part of the mainstream. Biofeedback methods are employed by thousands of people to remedy many types of afflictions.
For a definition of this word, I'll defer to the links at the right.
February 11, 1999
Discovery: Headache Chapter23.
Chinese language site I found using the word for biofeedback in the KIMO seach Engine.
Biofeedback Consultants, Inc.
Commercial Site - has a nice definition and description of biofeedback.
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BIOFEEDBACK
Biofeedback und Lebensenergie
German language site for biofeedback
she2 - snake; serpent
shen2 - god; deity
chong2bai4 - to worship; idolize; adore
....chong2 - to honor; respect; revere; adore; worship; venerate; esteem; uphold
....bai4 - to do obeisance; salute; pay respects to
I never realized that zombiism was so closely related to snake worship until I saw the Chinese word in my English-Chinese dictionary. I've been familiar with the idea of voodoo and zombis for most of my life thanks to TV and movies, so it came as a slight shock to see the character for snake in the word. That prompted a little research which showed me just how little I actually knew about this subject.
February 12, 1999
Voodoo Information Pages
Definition and description of the word "zombi".
Caribbean Archaeology Homepage
Fascinating site that offers info on zombis as well as a lot of other aspects of Caribbean archeology.
Haitian Voodoo Entertainment
Haiti Cherie: A Travel Guide to Haiti - Has a RealVideo Voodoo Ceremony - I checked it out - Cool!!!
The Electric Art Gallery: Paintings by Dieuseul Paul
The Saint-Soleil painters, who were discovered in the 1970's by Andre Malraux, are heavily influenced by the vaudou religion. They paint as if mounted or "possessed" by the Voodoo loas, or spirits, and so they paint what the spirit wants, or reveals to them in dreams.
mo4xi1ge1 - Mexico
long2she2lan2 - century plant; agave
....long2 - dragon
....she2 - tongue
....lan2 - orchid
jiu3 - alcoholic drink (brewed or distilled); wine; liquor; spirit
I like this kind of a word because it gives me a chance to add four entries to the online dictionary on this site - Mexico, century plant, agave and tequila. I guess I could add dragon, tongue, orchid and wine as well, but that would be pushing it a little.
So, the Chinese word for tequila can be translated something like "Mexican agave wine". My dictionary translation for long2she2lan2 is century plant, but tequila is made from Weber Blue agave so I'm checking the connection (if any) between century plant and agave. (Note: I found the connection at Herb: Agave and Agave or Century Plant (Science U) .)
Check out the links for more information.
Here's a Chinese site I found using the word for tequila in the KIMO Search engine !!
In Vino Veritas - Tequila
Explains what tequila is and where it comes from. In Portuguese!!
EL MEZCAL TEQUILERO (Agave tequilana Weber)
Spanish language site!!
February 13, 1999
Taco Mac - About Tequila
Explains what tequila is and where it comes from. Very informative.
FlavorWeb - Tequila
Info about tequila and a link to recipes
See a picture of the source of tequila
Tequila links page!!
Weber Blue Agave
THE AGAVE - IT IS NOT A CACTUS. Got that?
shun4 - 1. to blink, wink or twinkle 2. a very short time; at the twinkling of an eye
mo2 - any thin membrane that protects internal organs or tissues in the human body
Dogs and Cats (and other animals as well) have an eyelid beneath their outer eyelid that we human beings don't have. It's called the nictitating eyelid and its function is to protect the animal's eyes from dust and dirt.
As usual, I have provided a few links to help explain the topic.
February 14, 1999
繼續加油! QUESTION 3
Chinese language site I found using the word for "nictitating membrane" in the KIMO seach Engine.
Sun Herald Online
See doctor if pet has red eyes
alldogs - The Clinic
Eyes (of dogs)
Cats - All about cats
Briefly discusses the nictitating membrane
Manatee Anatomy Facts and Trivia
Also memtions the nictitating membrane.
xu1ni3shi2jing4 - virtual reality
....xu1 - virtual
....ni3 - imitate
....shi2 - reality; truth; actuality
....jing4 - state; situation; circumstances
de5 - adjectival ending
you2xi4 - to play; a game
....you2 - to travel; roam; saunter
....xi4 - a game
Game development has been commensurate with advances in computer technology. Yesterday's simple Pong games have evolved into highly sophisticated, intensely realistic role-playing games in which the player is immersed into the gaming environment thanks to a large array of computerized peripherals whose sole purpose is to trick the senses.
I have provided a few links that you may find interesting.
February 15, 1999
Chinese language site I found using the word for "virtual-reality game" in the KIMO seach Engine.
Commercial site - Advanced Real-time 3D modelling and interactive environment development software.
Virtual Reality by Abexpo
Commercial Site - Take a tour of Abexpo's 3-D virtual worlds
VR - Virtual Reality - VRML - 3D - Funsites Guide
Links (including a link to Cybertown) and resources
Mining Company Links
Check out the Dilbert 3D Zonimations link!!