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Squaring off with English

By Xu Lin (China Daily)

09:37, January 05, 2012

A piece of Deng Shenyi's work which reads "Wish you good luck". Photos by Zhang Wei / China Daily

BEIJING - When Deng Shenyi used a brush to write calligraphy in New York City in 2008, most of the audience couldn't understand the pictographic words.

"Although they look like ancient Chinese, they are all English words written in a Chinese style," said Deng, a member of the China Association of Inventions.

"On a second look, one can identify these words," said Deng, 49. "After my explanation, the audiences began to understand the words and tried to read them aloud."

He calls this new artistic form "square English", a combination of the English language and Chinese calligraphy.

Like Chinese characters, each square English word is the same size, no matter the number of letters. The English letters are like the parts of Chinese character, and the writing sequence is from top to bottom, and left to right, following the path of Chinese characters.

【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】 【5】


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PD User at 2012-01-0898.84.74.*
Chinese are MOST creative! With a leaf or a grain of rice, you bring it to life! You do excel in creativity! Thank you
Gwydion at 2012-01-0781.109.67.*
Very clever
Canada at 2012-01-0570.36.49.*
I like it!

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