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Vocabulary Monday

Vocabulary Monday

理 /lǐ/ ORDER

The character consists of 王 – it looks like /wáng/ KING but here it represents /yù/ A JADE (precious stone that Chinese use for ritual purposes). 

The other part is 里 /lǐ/ – it means INSIDE but more important is how it looks. It looks like A GRID.

This characters shows A GRID of veins in A JADE – and these veins are organised in certain ORDER.

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理 /lǐ/ is a part of words like: TO MANAGE, MANAGER, DIRECTOR, REASON/SENSE, TO PAY ATTENTION, PSYCHOLOGY

You will find them as Interactive Flashcards with Dynamic Example Sentences HERE.

VOCAB MONDAY___ __ _去 /qù/ TO GO//we add the r…

VOCAB MONDAY

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去 /qù/ TO GO

//we add the radical WATER 氵and get another character:

法 /fǎ/ a METHOD, a LAW

// part of words:

办法 /bànfǎ/ a METHOD


看法 /kànfǎ/ an OPINION (way of looking at things)


想法 /xiǎngfǎ/ an OPINION (way of thinking of things)


说法 /shuōfǎ/ WAY OF SAYING THINGS


做法 /zuòfǎ/ WAY OF DOING THINGS

法律 /fǎlǜ/ the LAW


语法 /yǔfǎ/ the GRAMMAR

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Interative flashcards and dynamic example sentences on 法 /fǎ/ METHOD HERE

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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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WEDNESDAY. CHINESE GRAMMAR with ease and style…

WEDNESDAY. CHINESE GRAMMAR with ease and style.

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让 /ràng/ TO LET, TO MAKE

When I explain 让 /ràng/ to my students, I like to use the sentence… 

我让你生气 /ràngràng nǐ shēngqì/ LET ME MAKE YOU ANGRY.

On this sentence you can see both functions of 让 /ràng/.

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LET ME INTRODUCE MY FRIEND.

THIS MAKES ME HAPPY.

LET ME THINK IT OVER…

… these are just a few sentences that you can create with 让 /ràng/.

COME HERE to see and hear much more!

WEDNESDAY. Time for grammar with ease and styl…

WEDNESDAY. Time for grammar with ease and style.

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Standard word order is SUBJECT – VERB – OBJECT.

But there are situations when we need to put the object before the verb.

For that we use 把 /bǎ/ – the function of this grammar word is to inform the listener that the object is in the position where (s)he doesn’t expect it to be – in front of a verb.

Situations when we need to put the object before the verb using 把 /bǎ/:


1. verb is modified 

Compare: 

我 看 书。 /Wǒ kàn shū/ I READ BOOKS.

vs. 

这本 书 看完 了。 /Wǒ zhè běn shū kànwán le/ I HAVE FINISHED READING THIS BOOK. (the verb 看 /kàn/ TO READ is modified with 完 /wán/ TO FINISH)


2. we talk about moving the objects or manipulating with them

把 这个 放 在 这里。/Bǎ zhège fàng zài zhèli/ PUT IT HERE.

In this sentence the position behind the verb is occupied by 这里, that’s why we have to put the object it in front of the verb using 把 /bǎ/. 

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Dynamic examples HERE

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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

ALL HERE!

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WEDNESDAY – GRAMMAR TIME!

WEDNESDAY – GRAMMAR TIME!

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The character 过 has two readings and 2 completely different functions.

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In the reading /guò/ it means TO CROSS, TO PASS – as in 过马路 /guò mǎlù/ TO CROSS THE ROAD

Interactive list of motion verbs HERE (click on everything that is clickable)

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In the reading /guo/ it is a grammar word that we put right after the verb to indicate that we have the experience of doing something.

Like 我去过中国 /Wǒ qù guo Zhōngguó/ I HAVE BEEN TO CHINA.

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– Dynamic Example Sentences

– Top Quality Audio

ALL HERE

WEDNESDAY. CHINESE GRAMMAR WITH EASE AND STYLE…

WEDNESDAY. CHINESE GRAMMAR WITH EASE AND STYLE.

得 /de/

We use 得 /de/ to connect a verb and a quality – in sentences like HE WORKS FAST, SHE SPEAKS CHINESE WELL etc.

Construction looks like this: SUBJECT – VERB – DE – QUALITY.

他 工作 得 很 快。

/Tā gōngzuò de hěn kuài/ 

HE WORKS FAST. (He – to work – de – fast.)

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When the verb is followed by an object, the construction looks like this:

SUBJECT – VERB – OBJECT – VERB again – DE – QUALITY.

她 说 汉语 说 很 好。

/Tā shuō hànyǔ shuō de hěn hǎo./

SHE SPEAKS CHINESE WELL.

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Dynamic examples with TOP QUALITY AUDIO HERE 

Primary meaning of 经 /jīng/ is A CANON (that i…

Primary meaning of 经 /jīng/ is A CANON (that is the official text or a sum of official texts of a particular culture).

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When something has ALREADY happened, we can find a mention of it in A CANON. 

So it shouldn’t surprise us that we find the character 经 /jīng/ in the word ALREADY.

When we have ALREADY been through something, we have THE EXPERIENCE.

We also find 经 /jīng/ in the words ECONOMY, DIRECTOR and OFTEN.

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You will find all these words in practical and beautiful form of interactive flashcards, along with Chineseffect Dynamic Sentences HERE.

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