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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: 

这个人没有礼貌。

   /Zhège rén méiyǒu lǐmào./ 

      THIS PERSON DOESN’T HAVE GOOD MANNERS.

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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INTERACTIVE FLASHCARDS and DYNAMIC EXAMPLE SENTENCES related directly to 礼 /lǐ/ are HERE

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2 FUNCTIONS OF THE WORD 在 /zài/

2 FUNCTIONS OF THE WORD 在 /zài/

1) it means TO BE SOMEWHERE (and 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)

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This is a revision of an older animation, now it is easier to read.

ATTENTION!

ATTENTION!

ANSWER in a form of a cool video HERE

ANSWER in a form of a cool video HERE

Video time!

Video time!

Animated video phrases with top quality sound:

CAN WE GO TOGETHER?

WE CAN GO TOGETHER.

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ANSWER HERE

ANSWER HERE

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./ 

I’M STUDYING MANDARIN RIGHT NOW.

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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./

THIS IS NORMAL.

ANSWER HERE

ANSWER HERE

THOUGHTS SHAPE REALITY____ ___ __ _We have bee…

思想塑造出现实

Sīxiǎng sùzào chū xiànshí

THOUGHTS SHAPE REALITY

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We have been raised in a materialistic culture.
We believe that mind is a result of our biological parts and processes.
We think of ourselves in terms of software and hardware, just as if we were machines.

Maybe there is a reason why we are so massively brainwashed with this materialistic ideology.

People who know what they can accomplish when they gradually learn how to make their dreams come true are much more self-confident and they usually don’t end up as someone else’s slaves.

Our thoughts co-shape the world around us. We are the co-creators of our lives.

Our dying world needs massive awakening of fine and decent people, who won’t forget that power has a straight connection to responsibility.

It is up to you!

This video makes no sense without a sound :)

This video makes no sense without a sound 🙂

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气 /qì/ is a PRIMARY SUBSTANCE, (primal) ENERGY

According to Chinese philosophy 气 /qì/ is the essential substance of all existence.

We find it in words like THE WEATHER, THE AIR, TO BE ANGRY etc.

More HERE