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chineseffect: 秋天来了 /qiūtiān lái le/ THE AUTUMN…

chineseffect:

秋天来了 /qiūtiān lái le/ THE AUTUMN IS HERE!

The character 秋 /qiū/ AUTUMN consists of 禾 /hé/ CEREAL, GRAIN and 火 /huǒ/ FIRE – during the AUTUMN we harvest GRAIN and make FIRE.

Have a nice time everyone!

FM_yunfei

WORDPLAY TIME with chineseffect

WORDPLAY TIME with chineseffect

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经 /jīng/ means A CANON but we also find it in many useful words

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Do you know what a canon is? 

A canon is a book or a set of books that a particular culture sees as essential.

In pre-modern old-school China when a man wanted to become a scholar and a servant of the system, he had to go through (and memorise) a fixed, codified set of books (in former days there were five books, later three other books were added). 

This codified set of books is called Confucian canon. 

Some of these books have the character 经 /jīng/ in them, like 易经 /yìjīng/ THE BOOK OF CHANGES.

Now it might be easier to understand why the word ALREADY is 已经 /yǐjīng/ – because what has happened is ALREADY mentioned in the 经 /jīng/ CANON.

What has ALREADY happened is something that we have the EXPERIENCE of, EXPERIENCE is 经验 /jīngyàn/.

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These are just a few useful words that 经 /jīng/ is a part of.

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– More words with 经 /jīng/ (like DIRECTOR, ECONOMY, OFTEN..)

– Interactive Flashcards 

– Dynamic Example Sentences

All HERE!

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Sentences like this, based on sound similarities and logical connections are called WORDPLAY and you will find them HERE.

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You probably know the phrase 你是哪国人?/Nǐ shì nǎguórén/ WHICH COUNTRY ARE YOU FROM?

But you might not know all the key function of the question word 哪 /nǎ/.

That’s what the DAY 24 along with this podcast are here for.

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For more phrases and interactive features, feel free to visit >HERE<

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ANSWER HERE

ANSWER HERE

WEDNESDAY. Time for CHINESE GRAMMAR with ease …

WEDNESDAY. Time for CHINESE GRAMMAR with ease and style.

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Comparing in Mandarin – 3 simple rules.

1. To compare two things, we use the construction OBJECT A — 比 /bǐ/ — OBJECT B. 比 /bǐ/ is a comparing preposition.

2. Use the “adjective-verb” (大 (to be) BIG, 贵 (to be) EXPENSIVE, 小 (to be) SMALL, etc.) without 很 /hěn/ – not using 很 /hěn/ shifts “adjective-verb” to comparing form.

3. If you want to specify the difference (THIS IS 10 TIMES MORE EXPENSIVE…), put it always after the “adjective-verb”.

Simple, right?

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All possible forms of comparing in Mandarin (along with engaging interactive animated features and other dynamic content) are >HERE<

More examples on using 比 /bǐ/ – along with many different dynamic features >HERE<

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If you want to be able to actually speak, ther…

If you want to be able to actually speak, there is no way around it – you need to APPROACH the language ACTIVELY.

Forming sentences on your own is very different from passive reading and listening.

When you form your sentences, you obviously need a relevant feedback – either from your friend or a tutor.

You can also use our dynamic interactive sentences – for instance HERE, on the day 7 of our DAY BY DAY learning program.

Sentences are in English, so that you can try to translate them.

After you translated the sentence you CLICK on it to hear AUDIO and see the MANDARIN VERSION.

After you tried it on your own, the correct version of the sentence is much more likely to stay in your memory – especially if you give it some extra time to memorise it and review within 24 hours.

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Have fun with our more and more fluent Madarin!

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VOCAB MONDAY

VOCAB MONDAY

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面 /miàn/ means A SURFACE but it can also mean A FACE or even A BREAD.

How is that possible?

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Primary meaning is A SURFACE or A FLATSIDE

It is a part of words like 上面 /shàngmian/ UPSTAIRS and 外面 /wàimian/ OUTSIDE…

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Faces of Chinese (Asian) people are usually flat, because their noses are quite small – so it shouldn’t surprise us that 面 /miàn/ can also mean A FACE as in 丢面 /diūmiàn/ TO LOOSE FACE (more on loosing face later).

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When people make NOODLES, they need to knead the dough on something FLAT, that’s why (I think) we find 面 /miàn/ also in the word 面条 /miàntiáo/ NOODLES, 炒面 /chǎomiàn/ FRIED NOODLES etc. 

Noodles are made of FLOUR 面粉 /miànfěn/ and BREAD is a FLOUR that we “packed” 面包 / miànbāo/.

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Finding inner logic of Chinese words is what I like the most about Mandarin.

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– COMPLEX VOCABULARY with 面 /miàn/

– DYNAMIC EXAMPLE SENTENCES with top-quality audio

– ORIGINAL ANIMATION WITH STROKE ORDER

ALL HERE 

你好! /Nǐ hǎo!/ HELLO (lit. YOU GOOD!)

你好! /Nǐ hǎo!/ HELLO (lit. YOU GOOD!)

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HELLO – WELCOME – GOOD MORNING – GOOD NIGHT – BYE – BE SAFE and other phrases like that are HERE.

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This animation is a part of DAY 2.

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Chineseffect is a web-app.

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Do you want to know how to say for instance THIS IS BETTER THAN THAT?

The DAY 26 of DAY BY DAY learning program is dedicated to comparing with 比 /bǐ/.

Listen to this podcast to learn more about it!

Visit here to practice, see animations and play with interactive content!

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Source: chineseffect on Soundcloud.

QUIZ TIME!

QUIZ TIME!

Which character is this?

What functions does it have?

Very basic, beginners level.

ANSWER HERE