Category: chinese caligraphy

The character 意 /yì/ consists of 音 /yīn/ sound…

The character 意 /yì/ consists of 音 /yīn/ sound and 心 /xīn/ heart.

We are looking at the “sound of the heart”.

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Chinese thinking doesn’t see mindand heart-emotionsas two divided phenomenons.

They are connected and both are located in our heart.

Mind produces THOUGHTS and IDEAS. 

It has its EXPECTATIONS and when we meet our EXPECTATIONS, we are SATISFIED

When we SHARE IDEAS with someone else, we AGREE.

Our mind (conscious) interprets the world around us and gives it MEANING and SENSE.

In order to work properly, we have to be able to address our ATTENTION.

If we want to succeed in BUSINESS we need to come up with new IDEAS.

We find 意 /yì/ in all these words…

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– Interactive Flashcards

– Chineseffect Dynamic Sentences

– Cool Animation with Stroke Order

ALL HERE!

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同事办事 /tóngshì bàn shì/ COLLEAGUE IS HANDLING A…

同事办事 /tóngshì bàn shì/ COLLEAGUE IS HANDLING AFFAIRS

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COLLEAGUE is someone who has COMMON 同 /tóng/ AFFAIRS 事 /shì/ 

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同 /tóng/ COMMON – HERE

办 /bàn/ TO HANDLE – HERE

事 /shì/ AFFAIR

WEDNESDAY – GRAMMAR TIME!

WEDNESDAY – GRAMMAR TIME!

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The character 过 has two readings and 2 completely different functions.

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In the reading /guò/ it means TO CROSS, TO PASS – as in 过马路 /guò mǎlù/ TO CROSS THE ROAD

Interactive list of motion verbs HERE (click on everything that is clickable)

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In the reading /guo/ it is a grammar word that we put right after the verb to indicate that we have the experience of doing something.

Like 我去过中国 /Wǒ qù guo Zhōngguó/ I HAVE BEEN TO CHINA.

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– Dynamic Example Sentences

– Top Quality Audio

ALL HERE

QUIZ TIME!

QUIZ TIME!

We use this character to say YES RIGH I AGREE.

We also use it as a preposition to say for instance THIS IS TOO EXPENSIVE FOR ME.

Which character is this?

ANSWER HERE

Primary meaning of 经 /jīng/ is A CANON (that i…

Primary meaning of 经 /jīng/ is A CANON (that is the official text or a sum of official texts of a particular culture).

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When something has ALREADY happened, we can find a mention of it in A CANON. 

So it shouldn’t surprise us that we find the character 经 /jīng/ in the word ALREADY.

When we have ALREADY been through something, we have THE EXPERIENCE.

We also find 经 /jīng/ in the words ECONOMY, DIRECTOR and OFTEN.

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You will find all these words in practical and beautiful form of interactive flashcards, along with Chineseffect Dynamic Sentences HERE.

QUIZ TIME!

QUIZ TIME!

Which character is this?

What functions does it have?

Very basic, beginners level.

ANSWER HERE

VOCABULARY MONDAY:

VOCABULARY MONDAY:

Do you know why Chinese people like the number 8?

Because the pronunciation of 8 八 /bā/ is similar to 发 /fā/ SEND and is a very pro-active and therefor positive word (part of the word TO GET RICH btw).

发现 /fāxiàn/ TO FIND OUT

发生 /fāshēng/ TO HAPPEN

发财 /fācái/ TO GET RICH

发展 /fāzhǎn/ GROWTH

… these are just few examples.

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– MORE WORDS

– DYNAMIC EXAMPLE SENTENCES

– INTERACTIVE FLASHCARDS

– INTERACTIVE TEST

– all with TOP QUALITY AUDIO

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When you learn new words, learn them in CONNECTIONS – you will remember much more!

Mandarin is ideal for that.

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VOCABULARY MONDAY

VOCABULARY MONDAY

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生 /shēng/ BIRTH, PRODUCTION, LIFE

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In which words do we find this character?

TO BE BORN – TO GIVE BIRTH – BIRTHDAY – LIFE – TO PRODUCE – TO HAPPEN – BUSINESS – GET ANGRY – GET ILL

But also: MISTER – STUDENT – DOCTOR

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– Interactive Flashcards

– Dynamic Sentences 

– TOP Quality Audio

All HERE!

This graphics was inspired by reading the book…

This graphics was inspired by reading the book WORLD WITHOUT MIND (没有思想的世界)/Méiyǒu sīxiǎng de shìjiè/

The book analyses the damaging influence of huge technology firms such as Facebook, Amazon and Google on our individual and collective mind and on society in general. My highest recommendation!

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思想 /sīxiǎng/ is THINKING and I personally perceive it in the sense “THE SUM OF ONE’S THOUGHTS” or THE NETWORK OF INDIVIDUAL THOUGHTS.

You can find it for instance in the term 毛泽东思想 /Máozédōng sīxiǎng/ The Thoughts (The Thinking) of Mao Zedong.

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思 /sī/ is a part of 意思 /yìsi/ MEANING, SENSE

想 /xiǎng/ is TO THINK, TO MISS (home or friend), TO WANT (to do something)

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正 /zhèng/ is a very powerful character. It mea…

/zhèng/ is a very powerful character. It means PROPER, RIGHT, JUST.

That’s what I was trying to capture in this painting – the forces of keeping the world in the state of 正.

Notice, that in English the words RIGHT and JUST refer to both quality and time. In Chinese it is the same case.

We find it for example in the words:

正常  /zhèngcháng/ NORMAL

正在 /zhèngzài/ – this word indicates that something is taking place RIGHT IN the moment that we are talking about

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