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In Chinese and Japanese, there may seem to be a septillion characters to examine and exhaustively investigate--maybe even D: 研究research研究--which seems to cause even the more resolute to wrinkle up...contract...fold early in the Sino-/Altaic/Sino-Altaic game; others are even too timorous to brave the crossing of the threshold into the community of Chinese/Japanese learners that dare to go beyond the relatively familiar Roman alphabet. Are they to be banished to the outskirts of this happening 漢字(hanzi)-opolis?

No! There aren't septillions of characters to learn; there are just thousands to learn. That's a whole order of twenty-something less! Also, why not just learn these characters slowly, leisurely and freely? Don't worry that it will take a while to be able to translate text using Chinese and Japanese (there are some seen in Japanese that aren't seen in Chinese) characters; you can't learn these thousands of characters overnight. None of us is capable of educating ourselves through an en masse influx of information like Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element, which would be cool (actually that would suck quite hard). All in all, let not your confidence or what not be upset, overturned, or toppled.

秭 (zĭ)
  • a septillion

研 (yán)
  • to investigate carefully

  • to grind into powder

討 (yán tăo): to investigate and research

討會 (yán tăo huì): a study group or a seminar

究 (yán jiù): to research

(zuān yán): to delve into

究 (jiù)
  • to examine or investigate exhaustively

  • to dig into

  • finally

  • actually

意 (jiù yì): the very truth, or the very outcome

問 (jiù wèn): to cross-examine

(tàn jiù): to investigate, probe, or inquire into

皺 (zhòu)
  • wrinkles, creases, folds

  • to wrinkle or contract

皺皺巴巴 (zhòu zhòu bā bā): crumpled up

折 (zhòu zhé): a crease, a fold, a wrinkle

社 (shè)
  • an organization or a corporation

  • a society or a community

團 (shè tuán): an organization, a corporation

會 (shè huì): society, community

會學 (shè huì xué): sociology

上流會 (shàng liú shè huì): upper-class

郊 (jiāo)
  • suburbs or outskirts

區 (jiāo qū): suburban districts, outskirts

遊 (jiāo yóu): an excursion

外 (jiāo wài): outskirts

盍 (hé)
  • what

  • why not

興呼來? ( xīng hū lái?): Why not rise up and join us?

緩 (huăn)
  • slow, gradual, leisurely

  • to delay

  • to refresh

步 (huăn bù): to stroll or walk slowly

緩緩 (huăn huăn): slowly, leisurely

限 (huăn xiàn): to extend a time limit

縱 (zòng ; zōng)
  • to allow to move and work freely

  • to indulge

  • even if, although

  • (zōng)
  • vertical; longitudinal

浪 (zòng làng): unrestrained, unbridled

酒 (zòng jiŭ): to drink to excess

有 (zòng yŏu): Even though there is...

(jiāo zōng): arrogant

翻 (fān)
  • to upset, capsize

  • to translate

  • to fall out/through, to break up

天覆地 (fān tiān fù dì): to turn everything upside-down; world-shaking

新 (fān xīn): to remodel


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