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A Chinese spyware/backdoor application default-installed and uninstallable on cheap Chinese mobile phones.

  • Abandoned: Not updated, and the domain is gone.

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Does the job.

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Written Chinese is ancient barbarism.

I'm going to rant on some of the problems it has, with occasional glib solutions.

I understand that using pinyin was considered and declined back in the 40s. I still think using roman characters is probably the best solution, but let's play with the restriction of using most of the existing characters.

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In many cases, Chinese is a totally alien language compared to English. Some of the sounds are similar, but the tongue is in a different position.

The most unfortunate problem is that pinyin wasn't designed to solve pronunciation but was created to provide jobs to linguists. There's only a confusing match between phonetically-written English and pinyin, and a beginner will be easily overwhelmed.

So I'm going to do the work to describe, as best I can, various pinyin pronunciation items. I'm also going to develop a better way to phonetically write Chinese so my pronunciation learning curve isn't so steep. I think I'll look into the International Phonetic Alphabet as well.

Learning by ear is, of course, perfectly reasonable. I would recommend it. However, thinking long-term.. separately memorizing the pronunciation of every individual word is pretty ridiculous. Keep in mind that Chinese people don't have a consistent language, and I wouldn't bet there's a lot of consistency on pronunciation. Learning things "properly" with a universally-applicable skill would be best in the long-run.

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