Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Making of Chinese Characters

How Chinese characters work In ancient times when the Chinese writing system was first developing characters were simple pictographic representations of objects in the world. However, the system quickly expanded beyond that, and modern day Chinese is a surprisingly flexible system with a great capacity for the addition of new characters. The most basic characters […]


I feel it’s probably a good idea for me to make some introductions. Hopefully this is going to be one of the more boring posts of this blog, so I’ll try and keep it short! I’m a 20-something biologist living in the north of England. My degree was in biochemistry, and I now work for […]