Category: mandarin characters

Mandarin has been incredibly inspiring to me f…

Mandarin has been incredibly inspiring to me for over 15 years now.

It has been enriching my life.

This picture is one of those where I want to capture my gratitude.

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Can you find the word 生活 /shēnghuó/ inside the picture?

And can you find the English word LIFE?

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Pretty self explanatory I think :)

Pretty self explanatory I think 🙂

Just one thing – when words are written in lower case, it means that they don’t represent a proper word – for instance 日 /rì/ is a component “sun”, “SUN” – as a proper word – is 太阳 /tàiyáng/.

刀 /dāo/ KNIFE can be both, it can be a component like here but it can be used as an independent word as well – and because it can be used as an independent word, it is “A KNIFE”, not “a knife”.

It is a small detail, but it will make your life easier as you will encounter post like this one more often. 

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Interactive vocabulary and interactive audio sentences HERE

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Pretty self explanatory I think :)

Pretty self explanatory I think 🙂

Just one thing – when words are written in lower case, it means that they don’t represent a proper word – for instance 日 /rì/ is a component “sun”, “SUN” – as a proper word – is 太阳 /tàiyáng/.

刀 /dāo/ KNIFE can be both, it can be a component like here but it can be used as an independent word as well – and because it can be used as an independent word, it is “A KNIFE”, not “a knife”.

It is a small detail, but it will make your life easier as you will encounter post like this one more often. 

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Interactive vocabulary and interactive audio sentences HERE

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The character 我 /wǒ/ I, ME is fascinating – so…

The character 我 /wǒ/ I, ME is fascinating – so dynamic!

The idea how to capture it visually was growing in my head for 15 years – and this is the first outcome.

It is a part of a wonderful video that you can find HERE.

Enjoy!

FM_yunfei

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关系 /guānxi/ RELATION(SHIP)

关系 /guānxi/ RELATION(SHIP)

Ii is one of the central terms in Chinese society. Relation(ship) and the whole network of relationships.

In order to get somewhere, one needs to have 关系 /guānxi/.

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The word is very useful even when we forget about Chinese society…

When you want to say NO WORRIES, you say 没关系 /méi guānxi/, lit. THERE IS NO RELATIONSHIP.

When you want to say that OBJECT A IS RELATED TO OBJECT B, you say OBJECT A 跟 OBJECT B 有关系 /A gēn B yǒu guānxi/, lit. OBJECT A HAS a RELATION WITH OBJECT B.

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More on this word – including practical Dynamic Example Sentences HERE

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Hi guys, 

Hi guys, 

let’s look into the character 礼 /lǐ/ which means A RITUAL.

We can find it for example in words:

A WEDDING 婚礼 /hūnlǐ/

or A FUNERAL 丧礼 /sānglǐ/

In these two words the presence of 礼 makes perfect sense, because both A WEDDING 婚礼 and A FUNERAL 丧礼 are RITUALS.

When we say RITUAL we usually imagine something spectacular, like when an emperor or a priest or a shaman are sacrificing to gods.

But ritual in the context of traditional Chinese society isn’t just something spectacular.

Rituals in confucian society are even the most basic rules that each individual obeys.

Each person knows what his or her social role is and behaves accordingly.

That’s why we find 礼 in the word 礼貌 /lǐmào/ that means GOOD MANNERS.

We can use this word in a sentence: 

这个人没有礼貌。

   /Zhège rén méiyǒu lǐmào./ 

      THIS PERSON DOESN’T HAVE GOOD MANNERS.

And there is one more word that I want to show you here…

When you give A PRESENT to somebody, you give him 礼物 /lǐwù/
, lit. A RITUAL OBJECT – and that makes sense because in old times GIFTS or PRESENTS were something that officials and diplomats were giving to each other as a part of A RITUAL.

Giving presents among normal people wasn’t as common and widespread as today.

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INTERACTIVE FLASHCARDS and DYNAMIC EXAMPLE SENTENCES related directly to 礼 /lǐ/ are HERE

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This is going to be a podcast if enough of you folks want it – all you need to do is to like it or reblog it if you want to hear it! 🙂

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