Most of what most people think they know about Chinese -- especially when
it comes to Chinese characters -- is wrong. This website is aimed at
contributing to a better understanding of the Chinese languages and how
romanization can be used to write languages traditionally associated with
Chinese characters (such as Japanese, Korean, and especially Mandarin
Through the generosity of many authors and publishers, this site
( offers an extensive selection of readings related to
how Chinese characters do (and don't!) work, how romanization has been
regarded, how the Chinese languages differ, how regarding Chinese
characters as "ideograms" or "ideographs" is incorrect, and related