What I write, why I write

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Last updated: 12 Feb 2021

Bookmark this profile article to get free access to all my educational articles. I put up friend links in this profile article. Check back often for more friend links, and pls ping me if I forgot to put up a friend link here.

This article is just a profile page for me on Medium.com. It should be pinned to my Medium.com profile. (No time to play Total War: Three Kingdoms, still stuck at my first step into the Total War series; that pretty article will have to be unpinned. *sob*)

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Digging into history yields fascinating origins

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Last updated: 26 Feb 2021

This article is part of a compendium of 3500 characters.

(This article has been converted into a course at this Facebook group.)

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Pictorial analysis, easily memorize how to write this character

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Last updated: 24 Feb 2021

This article is part of a compendium of 3500 characters.

(This article has been converted into a course at this Facebook group.)

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Family, parenting, community, corporations, and nations

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Last update: 21 Feb 2021

This story starts with a pampered dog who was thrown out into the streets. Will the dog survive? Will he find love again? Am I this dog I talk about? This story of true love is not for the faint of heart, for it often involves life-and-death situations, not merely emotional vexations.

Community service can often be hard and seemingly thankless. How do I never get burned out in my volunteering work? What has community service taught me about true love? This article hopes to inform you about why and how we love, and what…


Royalty and jewelry feature prominently in Chinese writing

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Last updated: 14 Feb 2021

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And why I probably will never subscribe to Medium.com

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Last updated: 09 Feb 2021

I read (or imagined?) a rumor that Medium.com does not curate articles that aren’t metered to earn money for Medium.com. (Forgot where I read that.)

In any case, I realize I may be hurting Medium.com by making my articles free rather than have them pay Medium.com via readership.

I’ll be using Twitter to continue making my articles free to read, while getting Medium.com paid by readers who don’t bother to go to my Twitter to obtain Friend Links.

The reason I write is to share knowledge and learning. Helping Medium.com …


The concept of “hand” pervades a lot of Chinese writing

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Last updated: 12 Feb 2021

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(This article has been converted into a course at this Facebook group.)

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Get to know each character, don’t just memorize!

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Last updated: 26 Feb 2021

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This article serves as an index to our compendium of 3500 Chinese characters we will be getting to know. Bookmark this page because it’ll be your “dictionary lookup” index to all 3500 Chinese characters in common contemporary use. Just do a text search for the Chinese character you want to get to know.

Our world-first system for analyzing Chinese characters helps you have fun getting to know every Chinese character easily.

What a claim, 3500 Chinese characters in one week”, you may think…


What’s your story, my intriguing Chinese character?

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Last updated: 08 Feb 2021

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This 4th article is the culmination of your hard work obtaining a firm and comprehensive grasp of radicals (2nd article) and their construction (3rd article). In this article, you take the next natural step and complete your understanding of how Chinese characters are constructed, equipping you with the skills to easily learn all 3500 Chinese characters in common contemporary use.

In the 2nd article that is a thorough treatment of radicals, we got a complete coverage of all types of radicals and their…


Chinese pronunciation is simple, and not nearly as varied as English!

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Last updated: 06 Feb 2021

Chinese pronunciation is melodious. Chris Tucker probably made it action-packed as well!

(This article has been converted into a course at this Facebook group.)

I will always always enjoy Chris Tucker! But if you want to learn Chinese pronunciation, you have to know that the vowel ‘ou’ when paired with ‘y’ does not sound like “you” in English; the Chinese pronunciation of “you” is actually closer to English “yo!” (as in “hi there!”). But it makes for great comedy, so loosen up before we dive into learning Chinese pronunciation! …

Jon Wong

Jon writes technology tutorials, fantasy (in honor of ex-wife), linguistics (phonology, etymologies, Chinese), gaming (in-depth playthrough-based game reviews).

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