Chinese Numbers

Numbers have been traditionally regarded as significant to the Chinese for a variety of reasons. Numbers are related to the Chinese cosmological system. Numbers represent the nine stars (xing) that symbolise the essence of the universe. Numbers also represent the five elements or five forces of the universe: gold, wood, water, fire and earth. All… Continue reading Chinese Numbers

Speaking In Tongues

“What language do you think in – English or Chinese?” Curious Australian friends would sometimes ask me when they know that I can speak Chinese but write in English. “It depends…” I hesitated. It is a question that does require me to stop and think. “On what?” they would prompt, their curiosity insatiable. “Well it… Continue reading Speaking In Tongues

Learning a new language

Learning a new language is very exciting. The most thrilling moment for me when I was studying Italian was when I discovered that through the language I could get some insights into the psyche of the Italian people. This is because language forms the most significant part of a people’s culture. When we learn a… Continue reading Learning a new language