When and Why Chinese Language


Kok-Wah LEE @ Xpree Li (李国华)

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Abstract: This article presents a summary on the specific knowledge fields inherited from the Chinese language. Subsequently, list of reasons on when and why one has to learn Chinese language is briefly constructed.


I. Introduction

Language and writing are ultimate keys to understand a culture. There are specific knowledge fields firstly, uniquely, and broadly written in a single respective language, followed by interested translation later. In history till today, there are lots of scientific priority dispute, where there is a famous case involving one of two languages to be selected as dominant language medium. The mentioned case is the calculus controversy between Isaac Newton from United Kingdom using English language and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz from Germany using German language.

The determination and proof for a scientific priority can be very imperative not only in moral rights and honours of recognition, in case the invention is basic and influential like calculus to engineering, then there are further effects to language medium, IP (Intellectual Property) ownership like copyright, and the derived incomes from the copyrighted works like calculus textbooks for students in secondary and tertiary schools.

For language medium, one can imagine its effects by linking western medicine with Latin language, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) with Chinese language, Ayurveda (TIM - Traditional Indian Medicine) with Sanskrit language, engineering with English language, and computer programming with C/C++/C# languages. Therefore, one can understand why sometimes a scientific dispute can involve not only the individuals claiming to be inventors, discoverers, and/or authors, but also other entities till the highest leaders of some countries as in the Leibniz and Newton calculus controversy.

In case the IP originality cannot be determined and solved, the degree of dispute may be proportional to the degree of contribution impact. Hence, the cryptographic scheme of digital time-stamping shall be broadly introduced and applied to solve the IP originality problem to avoid the Leibniz and Newton calculus controversy that has lasted for hundreds of years even till today, until both Leibniz and Newton are now claimed to be independent inventor and author of calculus. Nevertheless, the calculus dispute between Leibniz and Newton only calmed down when the copyright protection of controversial invented calculus methods had expired.

In short, one can see the important relationship between a knowledge field and an adopted language. Here, we will look into when and why one has to learn Chinese language.


II. Specific Knowledge Fields Inherited from Chinese Language

Below list the specific knowledge fields inherited from Chinese language:

1. Chinese character prediction (测字) using structure, phonetics, semantics, and space-time yuan () (origin).

2. Various methods and systems in Chinese astrology like fengshui (风水).

3. 2D key (two-dimensional key) the big memorizable key and its application for MePKC (Memorizable Public-Key Cryptogrpahy [1-4].

4. to-and-fro nickname in structure, phonetics, and semantic (正反向形音义花名) to solve identity theft using name swapping (解混人名之战局).

5. Encryption in Chinese language: Character structure, phonetics, semantics, poem.

6. Music-like poem.

7. Every Chinese character is a pictogram containing condensed pictorial story.

8. Chinese unwritten culture and written laws are in the every individual Chinese character.

9. Considerably easy estimation for past, present, and future subconscious wishes of personal, group, and public mind sets using Chinese language seeds formed from most frequently used Chinese characters [5].

10. Using recognized and recalled Chinese character amount to estimate one’s IQ level and annual income.

11. Law bases on language, where Chinese language has less basic core vocabulary to be focused on.

12. Structure and phonetics of Chinese characters can be formed in equation for deduction and induction of logic.

13. There exist spirit in one’s writing and sound, wherein enable the digital audio signal processing to produce one’s sound easily and lively to the future generation.

14. Chinese calligraphy can instill a master’s spirit into a learner’s mind.

15. Classical ancient books written by once wise persons, like Yijing (易经) (Book of Changes) and Daodejing (道德经) (Book of Ethics).

16. Special stroke encoding using yijing (易经) bagua (八卦) for Yongzi Guaxiang input method (永字卦象输入法) [5].

17. Zhonghua Fuzhou (中华符咒) (Chinese amulet and charm).

18. Managerial creation of Chinese characters using liushu (六书) (six writings).

19. TCM (Chinese Traditional Medicine) (中华医药).

20. In cases of electricity power failure, computer absence, and paper cryptography, Chinese language can become a Chinese polyalphabetic cipher (中文多字母式密码) [5], as a computer-free cryptography achieving beyond 256-bit security strength and being able to resist even the future possible quantum computer attacks.

21. Others, if any.


III. Reasons to Learn Chinese Language

Below list the reasons to learn and use Chinese language:

1. Chinese character phonetics has yinyang nayin (纳音) (sound embedded) wuxing (五行) (five elements).

2. Chinese character structure has yinyang five elements.

3. Chinese character semantics has yinyang five elements.

4. Less Chinese character (or word) amount, but compact, and more phrases, in order for easy learning.

5. Chinese dialects have small phoneme set, and hence easy collection and learning.

6. Sound message in Chinese language is short and fast, which is efficient for news reporting, public speaking, meeting, radio broadcasting, etc.

7. Efficient vocal meeting in time scale can support a larger number of meeting membership.

8. Short sound length for every Chinese character in Chinese language message is less tiring.

9. One sound possible for multiple Chinese characters and meanings has high entropy in information processing.

10. Phonemes in Chinese language, like Cantonese dialect, can be arranged into rhythmic music.

11. Mandarin dialect has less phoneme set at 415, hence easy learning and broader widespread.

12. A good library archival to enable easy reading of literature from ancient times to present times.

13. A good intermediate language for translation among a few languages. To translate from less proficient language to more proficient language, it is normally easy in any intermediate languages by using dictionary, but in reverse direction from more proficient language to less proficient language, it is harder and has to use more words to explain finer concept in original language context. Hence, Chinese language using condensed Chinese character with smaller text size is a good option for intermediate translated language.

14. Structural shortness in length of Chinese language for character (or word) and sound is good for foreign language translation, like comics, movie, etc.

15. Knowing about 1000 most popular Chinese characters has covered more than 90% Chinese article context in an average newspaper [6], inducing easy stand-alone self-learning by using an additional assistance from dictionary.

16. Newspapers and magazine have limited page limit, where using proverbs and idioms from Chinese language save space and time.

17. Proverbs and idioms of Chinese language reflect the core culture of Chinese speaking community.

18. In case of Armageddon the great destruction, condensed Chinese context in paper form is good for knowledge archival from simple to complicated facts and techniques.

19. Chinese context can be indexed using stroke count, character structure, and Romanized pronunciation.

20. Using logographic Chinese language can activate both halves of human brain.

21. Due to shorter text amount and stronger context linkage, reading in Chinese language is faster.

22. Chinese language context has strong error detection and correction features.

23. Learning an extra new language under raw, semi-mature, and mature modes can resist the identity theft in the originality and authorship of literary works.

24. To efficiently learn the specific knowledge fields inherited from Chinese language.

25. Others, if any.


IV. Conclusions

In a nutshell, let see if there is any other person agree with these opinions on when and why one has to learn Chinese language. Then, those, who hold high positive agreement vote, have free time, and are at convenient space, may help to promote this article to encourage people to select smartly the timing to learn Chinese language, as an extra language tool to enhance one’s skill pool of knowledge.


V. References

[1] Kok-Wah Lee, “Methods and Systems to Create Big Memorizable Secrets and Their Applications in Information Engineering”, Patent Application [No.: PI 20082771], Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Filing Date: 25 July 2008, Assignee: LEE Kok Wah.

[2] Kok-Wah Lee, “Methods and Systems to Create Big Memorizable Secrets and Their Applications in Information Engineering”, Patent Application [No.: SG 200809162-1], Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), Singapore, Filing Date: 10 December 2008, Assignee: LEE Kok Wah.

[3] Kok-Wah Lee, “Methods and Systems to Create Big Memorizable Secrets and Their Applications in Information Engineering”, PCT Patent Application [No.: PCT/IB2008/055432], PCT International Publication [No.: WO 20YY/NNNNNN], WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), Geneva, Switzerland, Filing Date: 18 December 2008, Assignee: LEE Kok Wah.

[4] Kok-Wah Lee. (2009, March 14). Memorizable Public-Key Cryptography (MePKC) & Its Applications. Internet Archive. URL: http://www.archive.org/details/MemorizablePublic-keyCryptographymepkcItsApplications [2009, December 22].

[5] Kok-Wah Lee, “Method and System to Create Chinese Language Seeds from Most Frequently Used Characters and Their Applications”, Patent Application [No.: PI 2010000029], Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Filing Date: 05 January 2010, Assignee: LEE Kok Wah.

[6] Kok-Wah Lee. (2009, May 30). Learning Seed of Chinese Language (version 3). Internet Archive. URL: http://www.archive.org/details/LearningSeedOfChineseLanguage1ed-ver3 [2009, December 22].