Blog for Dong Chinese, a data-driven app to help you learn to understand Chinese through thousands of real example sentences, captioned images, and songs.


  • Origins of the 1000 most common Chinese characters

    I started working on this project about 3 years ago, writing explanations of the origins of the most commonly used Characters in Chinese. This is one of the most ambitious projects that I have ever started, and I’m proud to say that I recently reached my goal of creating explanations for the following:

  • 10 things I learned about ancient China from studying Chinese characters

    Chinese characters have been around for thousands of years, and many of them have created traces that we can follow to discover some interesting fragments of Chinese history.

  • What does "Dong" mean?

    Most people ask the same question when I first show them Dong Chinese. There are two answers to that question. One is simple (but boring), and the other is complicated (but interesting!)

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