Okay, rather than clutter up this journal with garbled characters or just a bunch of squares for the Friends who don't have Chinese support, I made a Chinese Only journal for myself.
I'm writing in Traditional characters only. I'm beginning to accept that Simplified characters is part of the evolution of the written language... but I'm not quite there yet. =) Simplified characters just don't look as nice, to me. I'm just bitter because my surname ended up being ugly in Simplified =)
I'm looking for feedback on my grammar and terminology/phraseology. I want someone to pick everything apart and tell me how I should be writing. I write the way I speak (which supposedly you can do in Mandarin), but it looks very wrong sometimes and I don't know how I'm supposed to put it.
I was thinking about using Chinese only for the comments as well, but I'm not going to be picky.
I really want practice reading and proofreading other peoples' Chinese too. In highschool, one of my English teachers would make us proofread each other's essays. I thought that was a great idea because you get to see other peoples' mistakes and learn from each other. I'd encourage everyone to start writing Chinese and Friend my apple_jade journal (*COUGH* astral *COUGH* idko *COUGH* katie_ah). =)
The only thing in there right now is my intro. I'm still doing what I can with the LJ styling... and I have to get creative with a Free Account =) It will take a little tinkering to get the English text down to a sane size while the Chinese is at a sane size as well.
Overall, I'm just happy that I'm taking steps to improve something that has been an embarassment to me for a long time. =)