Category: foreign languages

Want to ORDER and PAY in a restaurant?

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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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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!

FM_yunfei

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&mdash; LEARN WORDS IN PRACTICAL SENTENCES &md…

— LEARN WORDS IN PRACTICAL SENTENCES —

— DON’T LEARN ISOLATED WORDS! —

This advice is based on my experience of both – a language student and a language teacher.

To learn isolated words is usually a waste of your time.

Why?

Our brain has to go through tons of informations and when it decides during our sleep what informations to keep and what informations to throw away, it distinguishes if the information is or isn’t connected to something. 

The more connections to something else, the more relevant, the more likely to be remembered.

When you learn a word in a sentence, you create a connection to other words and to some situation (and as a side effect you get used to grammatical structures.)

From my experience – every time I want to help my students with recalling particular word, I remind them of the sentence where they encountered it. It always helps!

That’s why there are about 2000 useful sentences with TOP QUALITY AUDIO on chineseffect.com.

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Hope this advice will help you or your students get further!

FM_yunfei

founder and leading developer of chineseffect.com

办 /bàn/ means TO HANDLE, TO DEAL WITH

办 /bàn/ means TO HANDLE, TO DEAL WITH

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 公室 没有 人。THERE ARE NO PEOPLE IN THE OFFICE.

咱们 怎么 ? WHAT SHALL WE DO? (HOW shall WE DEAL with it?)

现在 没有 法。NOW WE CAN’T DO ANYTHING.

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办法 /bànfǎ/ is a METHOD (of HANDLING) – so METHOD

没办法 /méi bànfǎ/ or 没有办法 /méiyǒu bànfǎ/ is a way to say that we CAN’T DO ANYTHING about something

办公室 /bàngōngshì/ an OFFICE is a ROOM 室 /shì/ where we HANDLE 办 /bàn/ PUBLIC 公 /gōng/ affairs.

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More interactive flashcards and dynamic sentences related to 办 /bàn/ HERE

More interactive flashcards and dynamic sentences related to 法 /fǎ/ HERE

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Sentences based on sound similarities are in the section WORDPLAY

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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 了 /le/ has two key functions:

 了 /le/ has two key functions:

1. When you put it right behind the verb, it indicates, that the action is finished – see interactive examples HERE

2. Or you can put it at the end of a sentence to indicate that the state has changed – examples HERE

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Older version of this visual had a typo: ITS instead of IT’S. Sorry for that!

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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.

我正在学习汉语 /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