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This is a part of a short movie that I need to accompany with…

This is a part of a short movie that I need to accompany with sound effects before I show it to you.

So for now just a gif animation…

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TO SWIM: 游泳

The character  游 is also part of other useful words:
旅游 TO TRAVEL
游戏 A GAME

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On this visual you see two different functions of the word 在…

On this visual you see two different functions of the word /zài/

1) it means TO BE SOMEWHERE (of course it can be used just as a preposition)

2) it is a short version of 现在 /xiànzài/ NOW

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Also notice the sound similarity of words /hái/ 还 STILL and /hǎi/ 海 THE SEA (part of SHANGHAI)

Mandarin opens endless possibilities for wordplay.Here I played…

Mandarin opens endless possibilities for wordplay.

Here I played with the phonetic 占 /zhàn/

Notice, that the character 站 /zhàn/ means both TO STAND and A STATION.

It is quite logical because what do we usually do on a station when there are no free seats?

The concepts 上 and 下 in one place.

The concepts 上 and 下 in one place.

Look at the character 正 /zhèng/.You see how clean and well…

Look at the character /zhèng/.

You see how clean and well organized it is. It means CORRECT, JUST, RIGHT (see the word 正确 /zhèngquè/ for instance).

Interesting thing – in English, the word JUST can be used not just in the meaning CORRECT, but also in the meaning JUST NOW. The same principle works in Chinese: see the word 正在 /zhèngzài/ RIGHT AT THE MOMENT OF…

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2 essential functions of the question word 怎么 /zěnme/ HOW1) HOW…

2 essential functions of the question word 怎么 /zěnme/ HOW

1) HOW to do something
2) HOW is it possible that something has (hasn’t) happened

More here:
http://chineseffect.com/grammar/question-words/

Complex summary of time…

Complex summary of time specifications:
http://chineseffect.com/words/time/time-specification/

面 /miàn/ means A SURFACE, something FLAT.Faces of Chinese people…

面 /miàn/ means A SURFACE, something FLAT.

Faces of Chinese people are quite flat as their noses aren’t so dominant, so it also means FACE (in abstract sense).

Why does it also mean NOODLES? To make noodles, you need to distribute a dough over some FLAT SURFACE, and then cut it into individual NOODLES.
To make noodles you need a FLOUR, which is another meaning of 面.

Makes sense, right?

他刚走了。/Tā gāng zǒule./ HE JUST LEFT.他马上到了。/Tā mǎshàng dàole./ HE…

他刚走了。/Tā gāng zǒule./ HE JUST LEFT.
他马上到了。/Tā mǎshàng dàole./ HE WILL BE HERE IN A SECOND.

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When something JUST HAPPENED, we use 刚 /gāng/ JUST (in the sense IT HAS JUST HAPPENED).
On the other hand, when something is about to happen in a short time, IMMEDIATELY, we say 马上 /mǎshàng/.

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马上 lit. means ON A HORSE – so the logic is simple… I will be there as fast as if I was riding a horse.

Clever, right…? 🙂