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chineseffect: 秋天来了 /qiūtiān lái le/ THE AUTUMN…

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秋天来了 /qiūtiān lái le/ THE AUTUMN IS HERE!

The character 秋 /qiū/ AUTUMN consists of 禾 /hé/ CEREAL, GRAIN and 火 /huǒ/ FIRE – during the AUTUMN we harvest GRAIN and make FIRE.

Have a nice time everyone!

FM_yunfei

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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ANSWER HERE

ANSWER HERE

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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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 

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

~ PODCAST THURSDAY ~

~ PODCAST THURSDAY ~

Do you want to know how to say for instance THIS IS BETTER THAN THAT?

The DAY 26 of DAY BY DAY learning program is dedicated to comparing with 比 /bǐ/.

Listen to this podcast to learn more about it!

Visit here to practice, see animations and play with interactive content!

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Source: chineseffect on Soundcloud.

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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Chineseffect is Reinventing Mandarin for The Digital Era.

A list of all basic question words.

A list of all basic question words.

If you want more (Dynamic Sentences with Top quality audio, animations etc.) come HERE.

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