Allan is his first name but we all affectionately call him Mr. Allan. He recently moved into a nursing home reluctantly at the good age of over 90. Mr. Allan was a scientist, and had lived for decades in that big house on the tree-lined street. He is a gentleman and was particularly popular among ladies because he loved to present them with flowers picked from his garden. It used to part of our morning walk routine to stop in front of his house, joke with him for a few minutes, and receive some flowers or fruits from him. We'll miss you, Mr. Allan. Here's the post.
September 5, 2016 (Mon)
Do you have a Chinese friend?
If you invest in the Chinese domain market, then this is an important question to ponder on. Even as Chinese I find it very valuable to have Chinese friends as they have helped me much in my Chinese domain work. A Chinese friend can greatly reduce the amount of work you need to do.
A large part of my daily domain study involves finding meaning for short acronym (e.g. xyz.com) and numeric (e.g. 56.com) domain names. A short domain name with good Chinese meaning can be turned into a website selling products or services to hundreds of millions of consumers in China. A good example is JD.com. JD is the acronym for its company name JingDong (京东) which literally means 'the east side of the capital' .
Generally, two techniques are employed to find Chinese meaning for a domain name: Chinese keyboard (for acronym) and rhyming (for numeric).
The keyboard method requires you to set up a Chinese keyboard on your computer or mobile device, and then enter an acronym. The system then returns one or more matching Chinese phrases. The rhyming method associates a number with a Chinese character that sounds similar when spoken. For example, 0 rhymes with 领 (lead). I'll explain in details how they are done in subsequent posts.
These tasks can be eliminated if you just ask a Chinese friend to do it for you. So, what kind of a Chinese friend is desirable? Someone who is experienced with domain names is best, but they are hard to find. The next choice is someone from mainland China and knows how to use a Chinese keyboard. Also, the rhyming technique requires someone who is good at the Chinese language.
Always make sure all work is based on Pinyin, which is used in mainland China. In some other regions outside mainland China, a different language system may be used. For example, Cantonese is still used in Hong Kong and Macau, and Taiwan Mandarin in Taiwan.
How do you make Chinese friends? Food! Chinese love food, and no one will refuse a good meal. I do it from time to time, inviting Chinese to our home to share a meal together. I've found that our dining table is the best place to make long lasting friendship. So, why don't you cook your favorite dishes and invite some Chinese people to come over and share the meal? It may turn out to be a very good investment.