Characters for


Traits in the


Chinese Alphabet

A Chinese character or Han character (simplified Chinese: 汉字; traditional Chinese: 漢字; pinyin: Hànzì) is a logogram used in writing Chinese, Japanese, sometimes Korean, and formerly Vietnamese.


The number of Chinese characters contained in the Kangxi dictionary is approximately 47,035.   Studies carried out in China have shown that full literacy requires a knowledge of between three and four thousand characters.


In Chinese tradition, each character corresponds to a single syllable. A majority of words in all modern varieties of Chinese are polysyllabic and thus require two or more characters to write.  Many characters were adopted according to their meaning by the Japanese and Korean languages to represent native words, disregarding pronunciation altogether.


Chinese characters are also known as sinographs, and the Chinese writing system as sinography. Non-Chinese languages which have adopted sinography.  The term does not imply any genetic affiliation with Chinese. The major Sinoxenic languages are generally considered to be Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese.


HAIKU - Is poetry that has been written by the Chinese, Japanese and other Oriental cultures for centuries.  It is based on nature and syllables.  I most often use a three lined stanza based on 5 syllables in the first line; 7 syllables in the second line and 5 in the third line - known as 5-7-5.  I have been writing Haiku since 1968.  I find that Haiku easily symbolizes my thoughts into words.  It actually is lots of fun.


Here I have taken brush in hand to give my version of the traits found in Chinese characters - along with brief Haiku.  And since all is based on the opposites of Yin and Yang I have likewise given the "Shadow to the Light"




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