Theme Vocabulary: Pronouns

(wǒ) I, me

您,你 (nín, nǐ) You (formal), you (informal)

他, 她 (tā) he, she

我们 (wǒmen) we

你们 (nǐmen) you (plural)

他们, 她们 (tāmen) they (generally), they (if only females)

(zhè) this

(nà) that

这些 (zhèxiē) these

那些 (nàxiē) those

一些 (yīxiē) some (things)

有的 (yǒude) some (people)

所有 (suǒyǒu) all (people)

大家 (dàjiā) Everyone

59th discovery : Good Chinese

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On the way back to Beijing (5 hours-journey), Juliette sat next to a Chinese man who couldn’t help but noticing that she wrote her hanzi the wrong way. So he spent a few minutes explaining her how she should have drawn the characters.

It’s always funny to see how many people get interested when noticing our Chinese textbooks. For example two weeks ago, in the subway, an American engineer from Los Angeles asked me where I got my notebook with columns in hanzi, pinyin and English translation. I must agree it may be strange to see Westerners learning hanyû. Anyway, that’s another way of meeting nice people !

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There is apparently a Chinese character for (almost) every element on the periodic table. For your reference, here are links to information I found online:

Source for Periodic Table of the Elements-Chinese:
http://zzzfelis.sakura.ne.jp/

Info on Chinese translation of the elements:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_elements_in_East_Asian_languages#Chinese

Info on Japanese translation of the elements:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_elements_in_East_Asian_languages#Japanese

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Huaniaozi by Li Chengzhong 李成钟

Huaniaozi 花鸟字 is a Chinese folk art which combines calligraphy with paintings. It’s developed from Han Dynasty 蔡邕 Cai Yong’s 飞白书 (also called 草篆) and mostly uses a different type of brush from other Chinese calligraphy. 

1 觀 view     2 森 forest     3 鳳 (male) phoenix    

4&5 舞 dance          6&7 虎 tiger

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The transformation of things.

Buried in season one, we see a very short but very significant insight into Lau’s past. While he recounts the famous daoist proverb by 莊周, The butterfly dream, we see what can only be a reflection of his past.

What we see is a field of poppies (used to make opium, which Lau sells), and two children running through it. Lau reaches for a butterfly, only for it to be set ablaze along with the entire field. He is left holding the other child’s severed arm, and a hoard of faceless, distinctly British styled men approach through he flames. 

I think it’s fair to assume that this took place during the second Opium War (1856-1860, Black Butler is set 1888-1889, therefore it’s reasonable to assume Lau is in his late thirties.) 

But what I find particularly interesting is the relationship between Lau and this dead young girl. I like to think that this is his sister. 

Now, Lau constantly talks about selling dreams to people who cannot face the cruelty of reality. Even his character song makes reference to this (I turn my back to reality and forget about my own self/Drowning in desires, drowning in love.) 

Lau also refers to Lan-Mao as his sister, but qualifies by saying that they are not related by blood. 

I think Lau cannot get over what happened to his younger sister, and has pressed this complex onto Lan-Mao, so deep is the illusion, so deep the obsession. 

I find it fascinating that this man, who presumably lost everything in the Opium Wars, would turn to selling the very thing his sister died for. In the country that was responsible for his sister’s death and that crippled his homeland. 

He sells people dreams while escaping his own nightmare. 

Lau is p cool.

Erwin Fucks up the Names
  • Erwin Fucks up the Names
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A play with the stupid names that Funimation came up with for the characters. Enjoy.

Le Script:

Erwin: Hello my name is Ervin smith and I am trying to say the fucked up names of the asshats I work with

Erwin: this is miche. Hes 6 feet 4 inches of fuck me and loves to sniff people

Mike: Ervin why are you calling me miche. My name is mike

Erwin: the funimation gods have decreed that your name is now miche. So “bonjour” new frenchie

Erwin: here is john cherrystone. Hes got a cute horseface and hes also an ass

Jean: MY NAME IS JEAN KIRSCHTEIN. HOW MANY TIMES DO I NEED TO SAY IT. JEAN. KIRSCHTEIN. 

Erwin: ignoring mr cherry over there here we have ryan brown

Reiner: my name is reiner braun you asshat

Erwin: oh shut up ryan

Erwin: also here hanzi, shes a nazi

Hanji: EXCUSE YOU MY NAME IS HANJI AND IM NOT A FUCKIN NAZI

Erwin: sure. tell hitler I said hi

Erwin: and this is…um..fuck whats your name

Nanaba: my name is nanaba

Erwin: the fuck kind of name is that

Nanaba: I don’t know

Erwin: well I’ll call you banana

Nanaba: please don’t

Erwin: too late. Everyone meet banana.

Nanaba: god fucking damnit

Erwin: ok I think I got everyone, so ta ta for now

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