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Take some time to see the character…

Take some time to see the character…

统 /tǒng/  order; system; unite

Part of words:

系统 /xìtǒng/ SYSTEM (as in operating or politic system)

传统 /chuántǒng/ A TRADITION (a tradition is a SYSTEM that generations PASS 传 /chuán/ one to another)

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Guys, I gotta tell you that I’m really deeply disgusted with what Tumblr is turning into – not necessarily because I would need to watch porn here, but because I like to be a part of an environment where people are treated as adults with their own free will.  

And it is such a shame because technologically it is such an amazing platform (and philosophically it used to be as well).

That means that you will very probably be seeing Chineseffect posts less frequently than before.

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We just recently redefined the chineseffect.com homepage – that means that every time you come, you will find a new content – all types of engaging content actually.

So if you are serious about your Mandarin progress, I recommend that you make visits to our homepage a part of your everyday routine – because from the homepage you can organically dive into a wide universe of studying materials.

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 微机室机会 /wēijī shì jīhuì/ A CRISIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY.

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3 GROUND PRINCIPLES WHEN USING 一点 A LITTLE

3 GROUND PRINCIPLES WHEN USING 一点 A LITTLE

1. We place it before the noun

2. When we talk about quality (THIS IS A BIT EXPENSIVE), we place it before the quality – and we mustn’t forget to add 有 /yǒu/

3. When we say things like COULD YOU MAKE IT A LITTLE CHEAPER, COULD WE START A BIT LATER, in other words when there is comparing, we apply the comparing rule first to compare and then to specify the amount/difference, that means that  一点 comes after the quality if the quality is in a comparing form.

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More on the character 点 HERE

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Hello guys!

Hello guys!

Couple of weeks ago I recommended to you the movie 升级 /shēngjí/UPGRADE.

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Check it out to learn about the basic plot of this film in English and Chinese and to learn the words like ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY, AUTONOMOUS CARS, SMART HOUSE, ATTACK, DISABLED PERSON, CHIP and much more.

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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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山很高 /Shān hěn gāo/ THE MOUNTAIN IS HIGH

山很高 /Shān hěn gāo/ THE MOUNTAIN IS HIGH

海很深 /Hǎi hěn shēn/ THE SEA IS DEEP

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Describing that something is HIGH or DEEP is speaking of quality.

When we speak of quality, we connect “verbs of quality” with /hěn/.

Why?

Without it we would be saying that THE MOUNTAIN IS HIGHER and THE SEA IS DEEPER.

This rule applies to positive notification sentences.

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2 FUNCTIONS OF THE WORD 在 /zài/

2 FUNCTIONS OF THE WORD 在 /zài/

1) it means TO BE SOMEWHERE (and of course it can be used just as a preposition)

2) it is a short version of 现在 /xiànzài/ NOW

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Also notice the sound similarity of words /hái/ 还 STILL and /hǎi/ 海 THE SEA (part of SHANGHAI)

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This is a revision of an older animation, now it is easier to read.