Category: mandarin phrases

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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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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今天天气很好,我们出去吧!

/Jīntiān tiānqì hěn hǎo, wǒmen chūqù ba!/

THE WEATHER IS VERY GOOD TODAY, LET’S GO OUT!

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Part of >WEATHER<

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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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办 /bàn/ means TO HANDLE, TO DEAL WITH

办 /bàn/ means TO HANDLE, TO DEAL WITH

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 公室 没有 人。THERE ARE NO PEOPLE IN THE OFFICE.

咱们 怎么 ? WHAT SHALL WE DO? (HOW shall WE DEAL with it?)

现在 没有 法。NOW WE CAN’T DO ANYTHING.

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办法 /bànfǎ/ is a METHOD (of HANDLING) – so METHOD

没办法 /méi bànfǎ/ or 没有办法 /méiyǒu bànfǎ/ is a way to say that we CAN’T DO ANYTHING about something

办公室 /bàngōngshì/ an OFFICE is a ROOM 室 /shì/ where we HANDLE 办 /bàn/ PUBLIC 公 /gōng/ affairs.

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More interactive flashcards and dynamic sentences related to 办 /bàn/ HERE

More interactive flashcards and dynamic sentences related to 法 /fǎ/ HERE

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Sentences based on sound similarities are in the section WORDPLAY

“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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我关心你    /Wǒ guānxīn nǐ/        I CARE ABOUT YO…

我关心你
   /Wǒ guānxīn nǐ/
       I CARE ABOUT YOU, I AM CONCERNED ABOUT YOU

关 /guān/ is a part of the word 关系 /guānxi/ A RELATIONSHIP
心 /xīn/ is A HEART

TO CARE about someone is to have our mind (HEART) linked, connected, “relationshiped”, to the HEART of someone else.

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