Following on from the recent post I did on The 'correct' (sic) way to count in Chinese, it reminded me of a sign I saw when visiting Singapore on business a couple of weeks ago. I think it was a restaurant, and the name of the place was: FIV五
I liked that :-) It was an interesting way of merging the English alphabet with Chinese characters, and I started wondering how much I could extend this ...
In terms of single digit numbers, this is what I came up with ...
Sadly, 1 & 2 can't be done nicely, and even 0, 4 & 7 are pushing it a bit!
For bigger numbers ...
(I'm quite proud of the last one, but the way. Be sure to leave comments below to tell me how much it impressed you too :-)
Will this make the quality of your life better? No.
Will it help you learn Chinese better? I doubt it.
Is it interesting? I think so.
Should you leave a comment below? Absolutely!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
I was told a couple of years ago about an equivalent method that Chinese people use, also counting to five, but instead it uses the Chinese character 正 (zhèng - which means 'correct' or 'proper').
You can see the stroke order for this character here:
Or if you prefer the animated version:
So yes, that's how (at least some of) the Chinese do it. You can use it to count the number of days in a row you practise flashcards, how many times you phoned your mom this month, or anything else You want to count ...