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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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Chineseffect is a web-app!

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

We will be happy to see you >HERE<

没有现金的世界十分可怕!

没有现金的世界十分可怕!

/Méiyǒu xiànjīn de shìjiè shífēn kěpà!/

WORLD WITHOUT CASH IS EXTREMELY SCARY!

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现金 /xiànjīn/ CASH is lit. MANIFESTED 现 GOLD 金

十分 /shífēn/ EXTREMELY is lit. 10 POINTS – meant 10 POINTS out of 10 POINTS

可怕 /kěpà/ SCARY is a combination of 可以 /kěyǐ/ TO BE ABLE TO and 怕 /pà/ TO FEAR

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China is on the way to make EVERYONE pay by phone ALL THE TIME for EVERYTHING – even for giving a small change to beggars. 

I’m worried that China will eventually make paying by cash impossible in some time – because this will give the system new enormous power. 

Imagine that you oppose the system. – What does the system do? – It closes your accounts, so you can’t buy even noodles in the street.

I’m also worried that the governments of other countries (especially EU) will try to do the same thing eventually and there won’t be enough people to oppose it, because – after all – paying by cell phone (or by watch) is so convenient.

And YES, it is convenient.

BUT – digital means TRACKABLE.

You might say that when you don’t buy drugs or other illegal stuff, you don’t need to worry.

But that is just one angle how to look at this. 

In my opinion, this isn’t about buying or not buying illegal stuff. This is about PRIVACY. 

No central authority should ever have the right to know what and when we buy and how we live.

This is why CASH IS AND WILL BE SO IMPORTANT.

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Useful vocabulary and sentences related to paying in China – all in interactive form >HERE<

Using 的 /de/ – creating name attributes (WORLD WITHOUT CASH) >HERE<

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FM_yunfei

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!

地球哺育我们 /Dìqiú bǔyù wǒmen/ EARTH FEEDS US

地球哺育我们 /Dìqiú bǔyù wǒmen/ EARTH FEEDS US

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The best things in life don’t have anything to do with money or economic growth.

We have to cherish these things and moments, otherwise our greed-based socio-economic system will suck it all out of our lives.

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

Notice the sound similarities, especially betw…

Notice the sound similarities, especially between the words 伤害 /shānghài/ TO INJURE and 上海 /Shànghǎi/ SHANGHAI.

More sentences based on sound similarities >HERE<

梦 /mèng/ DREAM

/mèng/ DREAM

Bottom: 夕 /xī/ NIGHT

Top: 林 /lín/ FOREST

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梦想 /mèngxiǎng/ A DREAM (2-syllable version)

做梦 /zuòmèng/ TO DREAM

噩梦 /èmèng/ A NIGHTMARE

贪欲毒害心灵 /Tānyù dúhài xīnlíng/  GREED POISONS SO…

贪欲毒害心灵 /Tānyù dúhài xīnlíng/  GREED POISONS SOUL(S).

Chineseffect is primarily a language learning tool. But sometimes I feel the need to use its reach to communicate important messages.

Like this one: GREED POISONS SOUL

I was inspired to make this visual by a perfect industrial track VICTIMS OF A CLOWN by Ministry.

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Current economic system is based on GREED. 

We are being taught that we all are under the inner control of this egoistic power. 

Why are we taught this? Because this ideology of greed as a core human power justifies actions of super-wealthy minority – and at the same time it destroys everything around us  – starting with relationships and communities, ending with our nature environment.

The only hope for mankind is in redefining our philosophy.

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FM_yunfei

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, in 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

We will be happy to see you >HERE<