martial (WU) is formed by the character stop (ZI) and the characterweapon (GE). The word war (ZAN) is composed by two parts (DAN)and (GE) meaning unilateral and weapon. The term crisis is formed bythe two words meaning danger and opportunity (WEI JI)simultaneously. The term harmony is made up of two words each of two characters ( HE XIE) together they mean content and consensus.Thus the words patience, martial, crisis and harmony impart deeperwisdom above mere meaning for the common use of the words. Thiscontinuing development has persisted without major disruption for5000 years. A well learned Chinese shows his pedigree by frequent useof these cultural related nomenclatures and other famous sayings asexplained in the following. Thus the Chinese language incorporates therichness of the Chinese historical development and culture.There are many modern advantages to the Chinese language. Themodern Japanese and Korean languages evolved from heavydependence of Chinese words into phonetic languages during recenthistory. Because of the usefulness and versatility of the Chinesecharacters, today many educated Japanese and Koreans read Chinesecharacters and still prefer not to totally divorce from the use of Chinese words. Most of all, the Chinese language is attractive to thosewell heeled in the wisdom and cultural content of the innovative words,nomenclatures and famous sayings mentioned previously. IndividualChinese characters are monosyllabic, and the four character sayingswhich embody Chinese wisdom are as short and as easy to learn andmemorize as acronyms in English. These acronyms like simple wisdomphrases are handed down through generations and become thecumulative reservoir of Chinese cultural jewels with deep meaning.Two most well known four word idioms are (Zhi Ji Zhi Bi, Bai zhan BaiSheng), together they mean “know thyself and know thy enemy,hundred battles hundred victories.” This has come to be one of theutmost important military strategies of all time. Because it is simpleand easy to remember like an eight letter acronym, even Chinese kidsknow it by heart.The other modern advantages of the Chinese language are many.Chinese language is concise and compact. A similar length book inChinese will take half the space of a phonetic language book. Becauseof its compact pictographs, Chinese writing lends itself readily forspeed reading. As a bilingual person of 50 years and receiving most of my education in America, I can read Chinese books much faster thanEnglish books. This makes it significantly less of a chore to go throughlong documents in Chinese than English.