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Photographic picture book describing language and culture by Armelle Burke 

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Chinese characters have evolved from ancient drawings once carved onto shells and bones called the ‘Oracle Bone’ 甲骨文. Starting with the most basic characters, like fire and water, ‘Chinese Pictionary’ uses everyday photography to visual the characters origins and show the relationship between Chinese script and reality.

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火 Fire      huǒ    

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木 Wood     mù    

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气(氣) Air     

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水 Water    shuǐ  

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土 Earth     tǔ  

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石 Stone    shí 


More complex characters are also introduced, with photographs illustrating the associations in combined Chinese characters shown below in example pages.


Following the introduction to the meaning of Chinese characters, thematic chapters visualise useful language photographically introducing essential vocabulary for everyday survival.

NUMBER | TIME | DIRECTION | TRAVEL | TRANSPORT | CITY | ENVIRONMENT | FOOD | PEOPLE | STUFF 

Examples are posted @Chinese Pictionary on Instagram 


This project is by Photographic Artist Armelle Burke whose interest in language, culture, travel and arts has inspired this artwork which has been created over a decade in China. By presenting Chinese through photography, and the eyes of a foreigner, this project offers a fun introduction to Chinese that is rich in meaning, splendid in colour and full of surprises.


Armelle Burke is British/French, speaks English, French, Spanish and Chinese, has lived and worked in Europe, South America and Asia. For more information please visit: www.armelle.co.uk


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