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Chineseffect has got a new dynamic homepage!

Every time you come, there will be new content waiting for you.

Now there is (among other things) A VERY COOL NEW VIDEO that took me about a week of intense work to create.

Looking forward to see you there!


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When the verb is modified, we usually have to …

When the verb is modified, we usually have to place the object in front the verb.

And to notify the listener that the object is in front od the verb and not behind it, we use one special grammar word. Which one?




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


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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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Chineseffect is reinventing Mandarin for the Digital Era

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!


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(CLICK ON ENGLISH to get further)

SMALL vs. BIG 〔 大 vs. 小 〕/dà/ vs. /xiǎo/

CLOSE vs. FAR 〔 近 vs. 远 〕/jìn/ vs. /yuǎn/

CHEAP vs. EXPENSIVE 〔 便宜 vs. 贵 〕/piányi/ vs. /guì/

SLOW vs. FAST 〔 慢 vs. 快 〕/màn/ vs. /kuài/

EARLY vs. LATE 〔 早 vs. 晚 〕/zǎo/ vs. /wǎn/

NEW vs. OLD 〔 新 vs. 旧 〕/xīn/ vs. /jiù/

CLEVER vs. STUPID 〔 聪明 vs. 笨 〕 /cōngming/ vs. /bèn/

LONG vs. SHORT 〔 长 vs. 短 〕/cháng/ vs. /duǎn/

OLD vs. YOUNG 〔 老 vs. 年轻 〕/lǎo/ vs. /niánqīng/

LIGHT vs. HEAVY 〔 轻 vs. 重 〕/qīng/ vs. /zhòng/

EASY vs. DIFFICULT 〔 容易 vs. 难 〕/róngyì/ vs. /nán/

SIMPLE vs. COMPLICATED 〔 简单 vs. 复杂 〕/jiǎndān/ vs. /fùzá/

FRESH vs. ROTTEN 〔 新鲜 vs. 坏 〕/xīnxiān/ vs. /huài/

HIGH vs. LOW 〔 高 vs. 低 / 矮 〕/gāo/ vs. /dī/ or /ǎi/

SLIM vs. FAT 〔 瘦 vs. 胖 〕/shòu/ vs. /pàng/

SAFE vs. DANGEROUS 〔 安全 vs. 危险 〕/ānquán/ vs. /wēixiǎn/

CALM vs. NOISY 〔 安静 vs. 闹 〕/ānjìng/ vs. /nào/

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For complete list CLICK HERE

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List is gradually growing – just as the whole web-app!

在 /zài/ TO BE SOMEWHERE; preposition introduci…

在 /zài/ TO BE SOMEWHERE; preposition introducing mostly location

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If you need to know where is the difference when you say I AM A STUDENT and I AM IN BEIJING, then >DAY 11< is just for you!

Don’t forget to listen to the podcast and translate all interactive sentences! 🙂

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Have fun!

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The words THIS – THAT – WHICH – HERE – THERE – WHERE are logically connected.

To learn more about it, listen to this podcast and try to translate our INTERACTIVE SENTENCES >here<

了 /le/ has 2 key functions.

了 /le/ has 2 key functions.

1. Right behind the verb it indicates, that the action is finished – examples >HERE<

2. At the very end of a sentence it indicates, that the state has changed from how it was  – examples >HERE<

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