100 Days Of Literary Chinese (Round 1)

Main Commitment: I will do anything related to Literary Chinese every day

Start Date: 2019-04-14

Background

I always want to read classical Chinese literature during the Spring and Autumn and Warring States Period. There are many great people born in that period, and I love their literature. However, the biggest obstacle for me is that I do not understand them. Even if I learned some grammars for Literary Chinese in middle school and high school, I could not read new literature on my own. Hence, I missed the opportunity to understand the ideas of the most influential people in Chinese history. Their ideas affected people afterward for over two thousand years.

Here, Literary Chinese is different from Classical Chinese.

  • Literary Chinese: the form of written Chinese used since around Spring and Autumn period (early 5th century BC).
  • Classical Chinese: the written language of the classical period of Chinese literature, from the end of the Spring and Autumn period (early 5th century BC) to the end of the Han dynasty (AD 220),

The meaning of words are collect on http://chinese-words.yingjiehu.com/.

Rules

  1. I will do anything related to Literary Chinese every day.
  2. I will track my progress here and push to GitHub.
  3. I will only skip a day if something important comes up. And when I resume, I won’t count the day I skipped as one of my 100 days.

Milestones

  1. 1 Day: 2019-04-14 Sunday
  2. 7 Days: 2019-04-22 Monday
  3. 30 Days
  4. 60 Days
  5. 90 Days
  6. 100 Days

Some important additional considerations

  • Don’t skip two days in a row, and try not to skip more than 1 day in 2 weeks.

Template for Log

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**Time spent**:

**Today's Progress (achievements and frustrations)**:

**Thoughts and Emotions:**

**Tomorrow's plan**

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Log

Day 1: 2019-04-14 Sunday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

Thoughts and Emotions:

I am happy that finally there is a website for Literary Chinese for myself.


Day 2: 2019-04-17 Wednesday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 必先苦其心志, 劳其筋骨

Day 3: 2019-04-18 Thursday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 饿其体肤, 困乏其身

Day 4: 2019-04-19 Friday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 行, 拂乱其所为, 所以动心忍性, 曾益其所不能
  • recite Classical Chinese

Day 5: 2019-04-20 Saturday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 积土成山,风雨兴焉

Day 6: 2019-04-21 Sunday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 积水成渊, 蛟龙生焉

Day 7: 2019-04-22 Monday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 积善成德, 而神明自得, 而圣心备焉

Day 8: 2019-04-23 Tuesday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 故不积跬步,无以至千里

Day 9: 2019-04-24 Wednesday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 不积小流,无以成江海。

Day 10: 2019-04-25 Thursday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 骐骥一跃,不能十步.驽马十驾,功在不舍

Day 11: 2019-04-29 Monday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 锲而舍之, 朽木不折; 锲而不舍,金石可镂.

Day 12: 2019-04-30 Tuesday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 蚓无爪牙之利,筋骨之强

Day 13: 2019-05-01 Wednesday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 上食埃土,下饮黄泉, 用心一也

Day 14: 2019-05-02 Thursday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 蟹八跪而二螯,非蛇鳝之穴

Day 15: 2019-05-04 Saturday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 无可寄托者,用心躁也。

Day 16: 2019-05-05 Sunday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 孙子曰:兵者,国之大事,死生之地,存亡之道,不可不察也。

Day 17: 2019-05-06 Monday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 故经之以五事,校之以计,而索其情

Day 18: 2019-05-09 Thursday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 一曰道,二曰天,三曰地,四曰将、五曰法。

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