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Sunday, May 17, 2015

May17, A "mandarin" EDiM for Sydney Sketch Club

Well, a "mandarin" has different meanings : a fruit and a Chinese official language. The theme reminds me of language family trees. Have you ever studied any other languages? Here's the information of Chinese below. If you're interesting in it, give it a go.
Linguistic Features of the Chinese language family 

I'd like anyone to study any languages, at least one. The more, the better! It enriches our lives and cultures. Above all, how wonderful it would be if we could understand each other without translation! We can communicate and share pain and joy. You'll find different concepts in words and depictions. English is my second language. I enjoy learning it all the time. Your blog posts and comments are wonderful information resources to study colloquial expressions and appropriate word options in a social context. I've felt some blog friends leave comments to correct my sloppy English writings (*thank you so much!!).
Btw, Chinese and Japanese are "different" languages in linguistics. Language family trees show which languages belong to a same family and which are siblings. Chinese belongs to a Sino-Tibetian language family and isolated. Chinese is a tone language. Japanese is not a tone language. Japanese belongs to an Ural Altaic language family and very close to Korean, particularly, in syntax. Interestingly, Turkish is also in the Ural Altaic family. When I analysed Turkish in uni homework, I realised that Turkish was syntactically very similar to Japanese -- yes, Japanese and Turkish are in a same laguage family! But the Ural Altaic language group has not been well studied to explain about its family tree. There are questions such as the origin of languages. A typical example is Japanese. It's not clear where it came from (*as far as I know I did not find explanations). Unfortunately, we did not study much about Ural Altaic languages at uni. On the other hand, an Indo European language group is well studied in academia.  Let's study a language in a different language family from your mother tongue! It would be a great adventure and fun.

Don't ask me questions! Ask your linguistics professors or someone familiar to languages. Or get in uni and enjoy studying linguistics.
Thank you for warm cheers! If you have any lovely episodes of studying foreign languages, let's share!
A tomorrow's theme is a "mask." It sounds not bad or easy. Ah, thank goodness, relatively easy!? 
Friends, Happy Painting!



  1. What a sweet painting. Love the supportive dog, LOL. I guess he is very smart, because he can write. Or maybe a sibling sent him with the note for encouragement. Either way, your painting makes a cute story all on it's own. Have a beautiful day.

  2. Thank you very much, Carol! A doggy and animals are good supportive actors in illustration. Yes, the girl's siblings might have written it. Like you did, I hope viewers will create their own stories. I'd send heart warming and humorous stories. You, too, have a wonderful day! Best wishes, Sadami

  3. I like the little story you tell with this painting! I have tried to learn Spanish many times but only get so far - maybe my brain is too old and slow for remembering so many new words?

    1. Thank you, Rhonda! Your brain is forever youg!! Use it. You'll enjoy Spanish. Probably, your social context is different from Non English native speakers. They face a tough reality, "sink or swim" without using a legitimate language. Kind regards, Sadami

  4. So much fascinating information of language families - thank you! And once again you tell wonderful stories with your sketches :) So much humor --i love it!

    1. Thank you, Meera! Yes, linguistics is fun and my great hobby. I'm sure it makes your life rich. Best wishes, Sadami