It is much harder than you might think to find a good set of Chinese Flashcards that is extensive enough to being preparing one for reading Chinese at an academic level. Most of the sets advertise themselves as including a whopping sixty characters… even the good ones tend to top out at a few hundred characters. I don’t need to learn sixty characters. I need to learn three to four thousand. This is making my life interesting at the moment. However, for you I have a story challenge, and it’s time for my favorite story challenge. I’m going to give you a series of criteria including genre, theme, some character archetypes, etc. Your job is to write a story that includes all of the features required in the challenge. If you intend to post it here, please keep it short. However, the complexity of this challenge often requires a longer story.

Theme: Learning

Genre: Fantasy, Surreal Fantasy, Science Fiction, Modern Fiction

Setting: Your setting for this story needs to be a practical environment. Think learning on the job rather than learning in a classroom. Depending on what learning you are dealing with the setting could be a construction site, business office, home, battlefield, hospital, etc.

Character Archetypes:

1) The Student

2) The Master

3) The Teacher’s Pet

4) The Bad Boy/Girl


1) A Stick or staff

2) An expensive form of transport relative to your genre (i.e. a really good horse, Ferrari, or new space yacht, etc)

3) A signalling device appropriate to your setting (i.e. laser pointer, cell-phone, torch, banner, etc).


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