Category: learning chinese

WORDPLAY TIME with chineseffect

WORDPLAY TIME with chineseffect

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经 /jīng/ means A CANON but we also find it in many useful words

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Do you know what a canon is? 

A canon is a book or a set of books that a particular culture sees as essential.

In pre-modern old-school China when a man wanted to become a scholar and a servant of the system, he had to go through (and memorise) a fixed, codified set of books (in former days there were five books, later three other books were added). 

This codified set of books is called Confucian canon. 

Some of these books have the character 经 /jīng/ in them, like 易经 /yìjīng/ THE BOOK OF CHANGES.

Now it might be easier to understand why the word ALREADY is 已经 /yǐjīng/ – because what has happened is ALREADY mentioned in the 经 /jīng/ CANON.

What has ALREADY happened is something that we have the EXPERIENCE of, EXPERIENCE is 经验 /jīngyàn/.

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These are just a few useful words that 经 /jīng/ is a part of.

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– More words with 经 /jīng/ (like DIRECTOR, ECONOMY, OFTEN..)

– Interactive Flashcards 

– Dynamic Example Sentences

All HERE!

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Sentences like this, based on sound similarities and logical connections are called WORDPLAY and you will find them HERE.

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You probably know the phrase 你是哪国人?/Nǐ shì nǎguórén/ WHICH COUNTRY ARE YOU FROM?

But you might not know all the key function of the question word 哪 /nǎ/.

That’s what the DAY 24 along with this podcast are here for.

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For more phrases and interactive features, feel free to visit >HERE<

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ANSWER HERE

ANSWER 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 

你好! /Nǐ hǎo!/ HELLO (lit. YOU GOOD!)

你好! /Nǐ hǎo!/ HELLO (lit. YOU GOOD!)

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HELLO – WELCOME – GOOD MORNING – GOOD NIGHT – BYE – BE SAFE and other phrases like that are HERE.

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This animation is a part of DAY 2.

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ANSWER HERE

ANSWER HERE

&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

QUIZ TIME!

QUIZ TIME!

Which character is this?

What functions does it have?

Very basic, beginners level.

ANSWER HERE

VOCABULARY MONDAY:

VOCABULARY MONDAY:

Do you know why Chinese people like the number 8?

Because the pronunciation of 8 八 /bā/ is similar to 发 /fā/ SEND and is a very pro-active and therefor positive word (part of the word TO GET RICH btw).

发现 /fāxiàn/ TO FIND OUT

发生 /fāshēng/ TO HAPPEN

发财 /fācái/ TO GET RICH

发展 /fāzhǎn/ GROWTH

… these are just few examples.

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– MORE WORDS

– DYNAMIC EXAMPLE SENTENCES

– INTERACTIVE FLASHCARDS

– INTERACTIVE TEST

– all with TOP QUALITY AUDIO

HERE

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When you learn new words, learn them in CONNECTIONS – you will remember much more!

Mandarin is ideal for that.

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Verbs of simple, basic actions (吃 TO EAT, 喝 TO DRINK, 买 TO BUY, etc.) usually need to be followed by an object (吃 TO EAT FOOD, 喝东西 TO DRINK STUFF etc…).

You will learn more about it in this podcast.

If you want to go further and practice what you have learned here, go to DAY 25, which is a part of carefully crafted DAY BY DAY learning program.

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