Category: chinese words

Pretty self explanatory I think :)

Pretty self explanatory I think 🙂

Just one thing – when words are written in lower case, it means that they don’t represent a proper word – for instance 日 /rì/ is a component “sun”, “SUN” – as a proper word – is 太阳 /tàiyáng/.

刀 /dāo/ KNIFE can be both, it can be a component like here but it can be used as an independent word as well – and because it can be used as an independent word, it is “A KNIFE”, not “a knife”.

It is a small detail, but it will make your life easier as you will encounter post like this one more often. 

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Interactive vocabulary and interactive audio sentences HERE

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Pretty self explanatory I think :)

Pretty self explanatory I think 🙂

Just one thing – when words are written in lower case, it means that they don’t represent a proper word – for instance 日 /rì/ is a component “sun”, “SUN” – as a proper word – is 太阳 /tàiyáng/.

刀 /dāo/ KNIFE can be both, it can be a component like here but it can be used as an independent word as well – and because it can be used as an independent word, it is “A KNIFE”, not “a knife”.

It is a small detail, but it will make your life easier as you will encounter post like this one more often. 

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Interactive vocabulary and interactive audio sentences HERE

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Evolution of the word 天气 /tiānqì/ WEATHER

Evolution of the word 天气 /tiānqì/ WEATHER

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I just finished it and I need to share it righ…

I just finished it and I need to share it right now! 🙂

You probably know that 礼物 /lǐwù/ is A PRESENT,…

You probably know that 礼物 /lǐwù/ is A PRESENT, A GIFT.

What you might not know is that 礼 /lǐ/ means A RITUAL and 物 /wù/ is AN OBJECT – so A PRESENT is in fact a RITUAL OBJECT.

That makes sense because the word comes from the times when gifts were something that only top state officials were giving to each other – family members and friends (especially in China) not that much.

More on RITUAL HERE

More on OBJECT HERE

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

So I went to a cinema yesterday and I have a s…

So I went to a cinema yesterday and I have a sincere movie recommendation to make.

If you like technology and action, this film is a must see!

(And no, it has nothing to do with China or Chinese 🙂

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Combine 升 /shēng/ TO MOVE sth. or somebody UP and 级 /jí/ A GRADE and you get UPGRADE

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级 /jí/ is a part of the word 高级 /gāojí/ TOP QUALITY (top rank) which you will see combined with different products.

When you are in the first grade at school, you are 一年级 /yīniánjí/

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Have fun with movies and Mandarin!

ANSWER HERE

ANSWER HERE

要 /yào/ TO WANT

要 /yào/ TO WANT

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Simple word, easy to use.

Come to test yourself if you can translate simple example sentences – and don’t forget to listen to our short but useful podcast!

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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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