One of our Chinese intern teacher is also a calligraphy master...

after class one day he taught us how to write a few caracters!

Well... it's much harder than it seems!
He said that when we wrote our lines were too straight.
Calligraphy is not like writting, it's an art.
The end of the lines have to be slightly thicker and rounded. And each caracter has to be well balanced and in harmony with the others...

I did my best... and it looked pretty good to me...
but when the other intern teacher saw my first caracter she cracked up laughing and said
"Oooh you caracter seem too happy! So cute"

Hmm I'm guessing it wasn't meant as a compliment, but I could live with it!