Chinese Character

Retirement can be hard even for retired leaders

Apart from some rare appearances at public ceremonies, the retirement lives of most high-ranking officials on the mainland are kept off limits to the public.

Monday, 19 March, 2012, 12:00am

Top Chinese words tell story of mass unease

The writing is on the wall: this year's most popular Chinese character and phrase reflect the public's growing discontent and anxiety over the country's situation, a recent poll has shown.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In Saturday's front page report, 'More child kidnaps emerge in Shenzhen', the Chinese characters for Nanshan district were wrong. The correct characters are ( ) , not ( ) as used in the report.

17 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Gender agenda

Chinese names usually reflect expectations parents may have for their children: virtues such as benevolence, intelligence and perseverance. Those who have had turbulent lives may choose names that ensure a smoother existence for their children. Some parents may name their children after specific events they feel honoured to have witnessed in their lifetime, such as the Beijing Olympics.

7 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The name of the incoming United States consul general in Hong Kong and Macau was incorrectly spelled in the In Brief item on Page A3 yesterday. It should have read Joseph Donovan.

The Page A9 report 'Mongolia experts baffled over violence', carried the incorrect Chinese characters for expert Jiang Yuezhong. They should have been .

4 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Calligrapher strives to keep his art alive

Do you remember when you met Chairman Mao?

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Dragon lady thanks her lucky start and throws it all into the mix

Kate Beynon is a firm believer in luck. After all, she was born in Kowloon ('nine dragons') at nine o'clock on the ninth day of the ninth month.

6 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Handwriting and spelling

You may be surprised to find an article on these two subjects in a series dedicated to improving your English! They are here because they influence the impression your writing makes on the reader . . . and in exams that is the person who decides on your marks.

16 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Leading makers of Chinese handwriting recognition systems see speech as next

Two leading makers of Chinese handwriting recognition products say the next trend will be to add voice recognition technology to their systems.

'We aim to develop an integrated voice and handwriting system,' said Derek Ling, Motorola Lexicus' marketing and business development manager in Asia-Pacific. The Lexicus division makes the Wisdom Pen handwriting recognition system.

28 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Radicals win through in a test of character

It is not often a writer of From the Gallery 's learning and wisdom admits ignorance.

'When in doubt, talk about something you do know about,' is what the spin doctor told us, and we have never looked back.

But we cannot bluff this time. We are about to discuss a matter which took up long minutes of legislative time: the difference between and.

11 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Chinese dictionary at the push of a button

The serious student of Chinese has always had a difficult choice when it comes to a good dictionary.

The best ones are huge and bulky items to carry.

Oxford has a handy little red dictionary that almost fits in a pocket without creating much of a bulge. 'Is that a Chinese dictionary in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?' Mae West might have said.

27 May 1997 - 12:00am

Pupils dramatise English lessons

Although taking part in English dramas helps to improve students' language skills, the language barrier may keep them from understanding and appreciating the plays.

29 May 1996 - 12:00am

Masterly strokes at contest

THE loss of a stroke in one character did not stop Lam Chi-man from winning first place in the primary students section of this year's Hongkong Bank-sponsored Chinese calligraphy competition.

However, the judges reminded the 11-year-old to be more careful in observing the structure of Chinese characters in the future.

26 Jan 1993 - 12:00am