Monday, February 19, 2018

from: Patricia E.
to: ""
date: Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 11:53 AM
subject: Tweet from Alton Wang (@altonwang)

Thought you might enjoy seeing a "discussion" about a hanzi tattoo that took place on twitter. I was trying to figure out the mechanics and ethics of sending a picture of the impromptu tattoo so I could get the joke, too when I found out it had already been done.

Really enjoy your blog, and when I wait on guys with big, fat tattoos that are candidates, I tell them about it. And write out the address, lol. Wouldn't want them to miss out on the fun...

Patti E.

Alton Wang (@altonwang) tweeted at 2:40 PM on Fri, Feb 16, 2018:
I don’t have the heart to tell the woman next to me on my flight that her tattoo in Chinese and Japanese says “miso”

Unless she just really likes miso soup

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

from: Guilherme C.
to: ""
date: Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 10:23 AM
subject: Meaning of tatoo


I made this tattoo when I was young, I would like to know the real meaning. If you can help me, I'd appreciate it. Thank you!


Monday, November 6, 2017

from: Josh C.
subject: Jeopardy!
date: Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 10:27 PM

Hi Tian,

I have followed your blog Hanzi Smatter for a while and I thought you might like to know that it was featured about halfway through the October 26th episode of Jeopardy. Congratulations!

Josh C.

PS: I did cringe a little bit at Alex Trebek's pronunciation. It can't be helped, though.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

from: Mark P.
date: Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 5:26 PM
subject: What's this really?

Spotted on Chris Cantwell. As an American appalled by him and his, I'm dying to know what this really says.

Thanks so much.

Mark P

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

from: Teresa B.
to: ""
date: Sun, May 28, 2017 at 2:16 PM
subject: What is this!?

Please could you tell me what this means? It's my friends tattoo of her name (gemma) on her arm but she is now not sure if it really does say that?? 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

from: Brandy R.
to: ""
date: Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 9:29 PM
subject: tattoo translation?

Not sure if you are still are doing this, if you are could you please translate mine? The day I turned 18 I wanted a tattoo, but had no clue so I went to a tattoo parlor and looked through the books and requested "love" in red and "peace" I know that this is not what they say 18 years too late.

Thank you

平和, peace, is missing few bits
from: andy b.
date: Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 10:54 PM

Hello :)

I wonder if you can help me . I had this tattoo done a few years ago now( please see attached photo ) and i have had several different people say different things as to its meaning. If you can tell me exactly i would be very grateful. I couldnt see how to put on your website so im sorry to message you directly. Please help !

Many thanks