“Ah, this is fine,” he cried triumphantly, holding up a small medallion on a chain. He dusted it off, and engraved on one side were the words “WHY NOT?” “That’s a good reason for almost anything – a bit used perhaps, but still quite serviceable.”
― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth


Hello! I am Cornelius. This is my blog. It is ostensibly centered around my slightly obsessive interest in writing systems, althoug so far it has almost exclusively dealt with Chinese characters and language, and that is likely going to remain the main focus by far. (Though I will get around to talk at least a little bit about Rongorongo and Hangeul and Hieroglyphics and Braille and Brahmi and the Tironian notes and…) There are lots of helpful mnemonic pictures and illustrations, which I have tried my best to make entertaining for people not using them for learning purposes as well. For examples you can look at the featured posts, my  personal favorites  or, under “Top Posts & Pages” in the sidebar to the right, at those with the most likes.

The title Things Beyond Z is from “On Beyond Zebra!” by Dr. Seuss, whom I greatly admire as an artist (though he’s not actually not quite one of my absolute favorites.)

In case you are interested in my qualifications, here they are:

  • I’ve taken some Chinese lessons
  • I have a blog


Regular posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Additional posts are most likely on Sundays or Holidays.

© Cornelius Götz von Olenhusen

26 thoughts on “About

  1. Hallo Cornelius, thank you for visiting my blog and liking my drawings – it is much appreciated .)
    Loving your humorous take on kangxi mnemonic pictures. I’m just in the process of studying japanese kanji myself, so it’s fun to compare.


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  2. Hi Cornelius,

    On my back burner is a desire to produce an instruction book on practical Chinese idioms. Your illustrations would liven up such a book and give the readers a lasting impression of the idioms they are learning. Most of the currently available books on Chinese idioms are either too deep and dry or too shallow. Yeah, if you yourself would like to take on such a project and need some help, I’d be happy to provide it as time permits.

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  3. Lieber Cornelius,

    ich bin Yingyi, eine chinesische Studentin in Düsseldorf. Deine Illustrationen über die chinesische Redewendungen finde ich sehr toll und beeindruckend. Wir habe eine chinesische Gesellschaft in Düsseldorf. Und deine Werke haben uns begeistert. Ich weiß nicht, ob du Lust hast, deine Werke auf unseren Webseiten, Magazin zu veröffentlichen? Wir sind von dem Verein der chinesischen Wissenschaftler und Studenten Düsseldorf e.V und auch von der Gesellschaft für deutsch-chinesische Freundschaft Düsseldorf e.V..
    Auf deine Antwort freue ich mich sehr.
    Best Grüße

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  4. Hi friend,
    My name is 正博(Zhèngbó),I’ve heard about you from a friend.With curiosity I have just visited ur blogs.Its really interesting haha.If I got a learn book like that,I would have more interest learning a foreign language xDD.Btw though what you’ve posted,I see ur patience and the warm heart^^ .

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  5. Hi Cornelius,
    it’s really nice to see your blog, and I’m happy to see that you’re interested in Chinese and the Chinese culture. I really admire you for that you’ve already posted so many articles and do it still persistent. I find the “writing home” mostly interesting, it remind me of my school time. The “stricking Iron” is great as well. And those stick figures are really funny and expressive. It makes me a lot of fun to read your blog. Thank you! 😉
    hope you have a nice day!
    Kind Regards,

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  6. Hallo Cornelius,
    meine Freundin hat mir dein Blog-Adresse gegeben. Aus Neugier habe ich deine Artikeln in Ruhe gelesen. Deine Meinungen sind sehr neu und originell.
    Als Deutsche hast du große Interesse für chinesische Kultur, ganz toll!! Ich freue mich auf deine mehrere Artikeln.😄

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  7. Dear Cornelius,

    U r amazing♥♥♥

    I want to give U a hug and kiss U.

    I hope U can smile everyday, and the sun shines always for U in your heart.

    Do U have a SMILE today? R U happy today?

    Give U my best wishes♥

    Miss U


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  8. Greetings Cornelius

    You have made a huge different in my life while learning Chinese characters.

    There is nothing available to beat your illustrations which are each a work of art.

    I have a system I am using to prepare for the HSK 3 exam and wanted to share it with you below if you are interested?

    I have completed 240 characters so far with my Chinese students help me.

    Think it would sell well as a book.

    Many thanks
    Tadhg [秦長漢]

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