In the upcoming issue of Hiragana Times magazine (printed in both English and Japanese), there is an article about Hanzi Smatter by J. M. Ventura titled "Badges of Ignorance".
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Thanks Hiragana Times and Mr. J. M. Ventura.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Hiragana Times - Badges of Ignorance
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What're the characters above the Japanese? Is that a different character set or a translation from one language to another? Congratulations on the increasing coverage!ReplyDelete
The smaller characters on top of Japanese kanji are hiragana. They are there to provide phonetic information.
More specifically, they're furigana, also known as "ruby" characters. They're a literacy aid, which also can convey subtle wordplay, alternate pronunciations, and the like.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on appearing in yet another publication! :DReplyDelete
Maybe I should start a blog about the 'misuse' of the @ sign ;)
...and the blog gained another eighty regular visitors.ReplyDelete
Tian, congratulations again. With the increasing coverage of this blog, I suppose you would start collecting money from us!? :OReplyDelete
Congrats, and interesting article.ReplyDelete
(Totally off-topic, but I'm just a little bit disturbed by the ad on the bottom right hand corner of the last page (Japanese women seeking European/American men to marry)...)