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山很高 /Shān hěn gāo/ THE MOUNTAIN IS HIGH

山很高 /Shān hěn gāo/ THE MOUNTAIN IS HIGH

海很深 /Hǎi hěn shēn/ THE SEA IS DEEP

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Describing that something is HIGH or DEEP is speaking of quality.

When we speak of quality, we connect “verbs of quality” with /hěn/.

Why?

Without it we would be saying that THE MOUNTAIN IS HIGHER and THE SEA IS DEEPER.

This rule applies to positive notification sentences.

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CAN WE GO TOGETHER?

WE CAN GO TOGETHER.

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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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Words TIME and A TOILET have one character in …

Words TIME and A TOILET have one character in common.

Which one?

ANSWER HERE

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In Mandarin there are two question words that ask HOW MUCH/HOW MANY – 几 /jǐ/ and 多少 /duōshǎo/.

If you want to know what is the difference between them and how to use them, listen to this top-quality audio podcast.

This podcast (along with much more multimedia content) is a part of DAY 19 of our original DAY BY DAY learning program.

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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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WHAT TIME IS LOVE?

WHAT TIME IS LOVE?

Complex and interactive summary of time specifications >HERE<

“爱上” 不等于 “爱” /àishang bù děngyú ài/ 

“爱上” 不等于 “爱” /àishang bù děngyú ài/ 

TO FALL IN LOVE” ISN’T EQUAL TO “TO LOVE

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爱上 /àishang/ TO FALL IN LOVE lit. TO GET ON LOVE (in English we FALL IN it, Chinese people GET ON it) 

等于 /děngyú/ TO BE EQUAL

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等 /děng/ also means TO WAIT as in 请稍微等一会 /Qǐng shāowēi děng yīhuìr/ PLEASE (SLIGHTLY) WAIT A MOMENT

等等 /děngdeng/ is AND SO ON, ETC.

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Why do I thing that “爱上” 不等于 “爱”?

TO FALL IN LOVE is a chemical process, which we can compare to a state of mind after using certain drugs.

TO LOVE is a long time hard work.

Wish you to find someone that is worth the hard work!  🙂

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LOVE is a central theme of the >DAY 6<.

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风景十分美丽 /Fēngjǐng shífēn měilì/ SCENERY IS EXTR…

风景十分美丽 /Fēngjǐng shífēn měilì/ SCENERY IS EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL

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风景/fēngjǐng/ A SCENERY

风/fēng/ A WIND

十分 /shífēn/ EXTREMELY, TOTALLY – lit. 10 POINTS (10 points out of 10 points, that is a complete, total part)

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I made this picture during the vacation in one of the most beautiful places I know. I can tell you where it is – but only if you ask me 🙂

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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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