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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.

LIST OF OPPOSITE ADJECTIVES

LIST OF OPPOSITE ADJECTIVES

(CLICK ON ENGLISH to get further)

SMALL vs. BIG 〔 大 vs. 小 〕/dà/ vs. /xiǎo/

CLOSE vs. FAR 〔 近 vs. 远 〕/jìn/ vs. /yuǎn/

CHEAP vs. EXPENSIVE 〔 便宜 vs. 贵 〕/piányi/ vs. /guì/

SLOW vs. FAST 〔 慢 vs. 快 〕/màn/ vs. /kuài/

EARLY vs. LATE 〔 早 vs. 晚 〕/zǎo/ vs. /wǎn/

NEW vs. OLD 〔 新 vs. 旧 〕/xīn/ vs. /jiù/

CLEVER vs. STUPID 〔 聪明 vs. 笨 〕 /cōngming/ vs. /bèn/

LONG vs. SHORT 〔 长 vs. 短 〕/cháng/ vs. /duǎn/

OLD vs. YOUNG 〔 老 vs. 年轻 〕/lǎo/ vs. /niánqīng/

LIGHT vs. HEAVY 〔 轻 vs. 重 〕/qīng/ vs. /zhòng/

EASY vs. DIFFICULT 〔 容易 vs. 难 〕/róngyì/ vs. /nán/

SIMPLE vs. COMPLICATED 〔 简单 vs. 复杂 〕/jiǎndān/ vs. /fùzá/

FRESH vs. ROTTEN 〔 新鲜 vs. 坏 〕/xīnxiān/ vs. /huài/

HIGH vs. LOW 〔 高 vs. 低 / 矮 〕/gāo/ vs. /dī/ or /ǎi/

SLIM vs. FAT 〔 瘦 vs. 胖 〕/shòu/ vs. /pàng/

SAFE vs. DANGEROUS 〔 安全 vs. 危险 〕/ānquán/ vs. /wēixiǎn/

CALM vs. NOISY 〔 安静 vs. 闹 〕/ānjìng/ vs. /nào/

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For complete list CLICK HERE

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List is gradually growing – just as the whole web-app!

多少 /duōshǎo/ HOW MUCH, HOW MANY

多少 /duōshǎo/ HOW MUCH, HOW MANY

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Many words in Mandarin are created either by combining synonyms or by combining antonyms. This is the second case.

We think the etymology of this word goes something like this:

People were asking for instance – ARE THERE MANY PEOPLE? or ARE THERE FEW PEOPLE? – so in fact HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE?

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Practice using 多少 /duōshǎo/ on practical example sentences! 

See it in English – Try to translate it – Click on it to see and hear it in Mandarin!

>HERE<

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Other question words with dynamic example sentences >HERE<

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Chineseffect is a web-app!

回来 &lt;huílái&gt; TO COME BACK, TO RETURN

回来 <huílái> TO COME BACK, TO RETURN

你几点要回来?/Nǐ jǐ diǎn yào huílái?/ AT WHAT TIME WILL YOU COME BACK?

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I made this kind of visuals several years ago at the very beginning of chineseffect project.

Now the whole thing has evolved rapidly and you can use the interactive features of our web, which is becoming more and more advanced and useful every day.

CHECK OUT VERBS OF MOTION >HERE< 

Don’t forget to click on everything that is clickable 🙂

多 /duō/ means MANY but it is also a question w…

多 /duō/ means MANY but it is also a question word that asks HOW (how MUCH, how LONG, how FAR, how TALL…)

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Many dynamic example sentences on question word 多 >HERE<

Complete list of question words >HERE<