Category: chinese language

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.

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

没有现金的世界十分可怕!

没有现金的世界十分可怕!

/Méiyǒu xiànjīn de shìjiè shífēn kěpà!/

WORLD WITHOUT CASH IS EXTREMELY SCARY!

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现金 /xiànjīn/ CASH is lit. MANIFESTED 现 GOLD 金

十分 /shífēn/ EXTREMELY is lit. 10 POINTS – meant 10 POINTS out of 10 POINTS

可怕 /kěpà/ SCARY is a combination of 可以 /kěyǐ/ TO BE ABLE TO and 怕 /pà/ TO FEAR

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China is on the way to make EVERYONE pay by phone ALL THE TIME for EVERYTHING – even for giving a small change to beggars. 

I’m worried that China will eventually make paying by cash impossible in some time – because this will give the system new enormous power. 

Imagine that you oppose the system. – What does the system do? – It closes your accounts, so you can’t buy even noodles in the street.

I’m also worried that the governments of other countries (especially EU) will try to do the same thing eventually and there won’t be enough people to oppose it, because – after all – paying by cell phone (or by watch) is so convenient.

And YES, it is convenient.

BUT – digital means TRACKABLE.

You might say that when you don’t buy drugs or other illegal stuff, you don’t need to worry.

But that is just one angle how to look at this. 

In my opinion, this isn’t about buying or not buying illegal stuff. This is about PRIVACY. 

No central authority should ever have the right to know what and when we buy and how we live.

This is why CASH IS AND WILL BE SO IMPORTANT.

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Useful vocabulary and sentences related to paying in China – all in interactive form >HERE<

Using 的 /de/ – creating name attributes (WORLD WITHOUT CASH) >HERE<

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FM_yunfei

The sound similarity of the words 当然 /dāngrán/…

The sound similarity of the words 当然 /dāngrán/ OF COURSE and 党 /dǎng/ PARTY (in Chinese context Communist Party, because there is no other party) inspired me to this wordplay. 🙂

Take care!

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FM_yunfei