Category: chinese characters



Hi guys, 

Hi guys, 

let’s look into the character 礼 /lǐ/ which means A RITUAL.

We can find it for example in words:

A WEDDING 婚礼 /hūnlǐ/

or A FUNERAL 丧礼 /sānglǐ/

In these two words the presence of 礼 makes perfect sense, because both A WEDDING 婚礼 and A FUNERAL 丧礼 are RITUALS.

When we say RITUAL we usually imagine something spectacular, like when an emperor or a priest or a shaman are sacrificing to gods.

But ritual in the context of traditional Chinese society isn’t just something spectacular.

Rituals in confucian society are even the most basic rules that each individual obeys.

Each person knows what his or her social role is and behaves accordingly.

That’s why we find 礼 in the word 礼貌 /lǐmào/ that means GOOD MANNERS.

We can use this word in a sentence: 


   /Zhège rén méiyǒu lǐmào./ 


And there is one more word that I want to show you here…

When you give A PRESENT to somebody, you give him 礼物 /lǐwù/
, lit. A RITUAL OBJECT – and that makes sense because in old times GIFTS or PRESENTS were something that officials and diplomats were giving to each other as a part of A RITUAL.

Giving presents among normal people wasn’t as common and widespread as today.

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Look at the character 正 /zhèng/ CORRECT, RIGHT…

Look at the character 正 /zhèng/ CORRECT, RIGHT, JUST, PROPER…

You see how clean and well-organized it is – no wonder it means CORRECT, JUST.

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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: 正在 /zhèngzài/ indicates that some action is happening right at the moment that we refer to.

正在学习汉语。 /Wǒ zhèngzài xuéxí hànyǔ./ 


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Other words:

正常 /zhèngcháng/ (to be) NORMAL

正确 /zhèngquè/ CORRECT

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Useful sentences:

你们来得正好! /Nǐmen lái de zhèng hǎo./

YOU’VE COME JUST ON TIME. (function od 得 is explained HERE)

这个很正常。/Zhège hěn zhèngcháng./


GRAMMAR WEDNESDAY – preposition 对 /duì/

GRAMMAR WEDNESDAY – preposition 对 /duì/

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The primary meaning of 对 /duì/ is OPPOSITE – in the sense THE OPPOSITE SIDE, or even TO OPPOSE something.

If you are often with Chinese people, you often hear this 对 /duì/ in the meaning YES, THAT’S RIGHT.

It sounds illogical, but there is a reason for that.

Imagine that you put two things that are opposite each other close to each other so that they are actually touching – and you find that they FIT just RIGHT. The fact of fitting is 对 /duì/.

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Anyway, today is time for grammar, so we will look into another function of this word.

对 /duì/ is a very important preposition.

When you want to say that something is too expensive FOR you or that smoking isn’t good FOR health, you use 对 /duì/.

对 /duì/ if FOR – but not in the sense that we have bought something for someone, but in the situations when we are describing attitude TO something or influence of one thing TO another.

Basically we take a phenomenon and put it OPPOSITE us (or someone or something else), we CONFRONT ourselves with it and say what the result of that confrontation is.

EXAMPLES with English, Chinese characters, Pinyin and TOP quality audio – all in modern progressive and original form HERE

Interactive list of all basic prepositions HERE

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关 /guān/ means TO CLOSE, but it is also part o…

关 /guān/ means TO CLOSE, but it is also part of the word A RELATIONSHIP 关系 /guānxi/.

When I showed this animation to my grandmother – very talented and in some areas quite well known sculptress and painter (her name is Otilie Suterova) – she said that it is extremely exciting how the character actually looks like a relationship.
And she send me her version of the character the very same day.

I’m happy to present it here because she has had a very big influence on me, I respect her a lot and it’s a pleasure to show her work to you.

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There is a special site dedicated to 关系 HERE – you will find all possible ways how to use it there.

上 /shàng/ is a concept of UP

上 /shàng/ is a concept of UP

opposite concept of DOWN is 下 /xià/ 

More on that here:

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


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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



Acrylic painting, 2014

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屋子里很乱 /Wūzi li hěn luàn/ THE ROOM IS IN A MESS.

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Opposite: 理 /lǐ/ ORDER – really cool animation HERE!