Category: study mandarin

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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Chineseffect is a web-app!

~ 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

(Interactive elements need a few seconds to load, thanx!)

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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 Age.

WEDNESDAY: CHINESE GRAMMAR WITH EASE AND STYLE

WEDNESDAY: CHINESE GRAMMAR WITH EASE AND STYLE

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被 /bèi/ is an indicator of a PASSIVE FORM

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We use 被 /bèi/ to indicate that something has been done to someone by someone else (we don’t need to say by whom).

These things often aren’t pleasant.

我的东西偷了。 /Wǒ de dōngxi bèi tōule./  MY STUFF WAS STOLEN.

小偷抓住了。/Xiǎotōu bèi zhuāzhù le./ THE THIEF WAS CAUGHT.

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– DYNAMIC EXAMPLE SENTENCES with high quality audio 

– ORIGINAL ANIMATION with stroke order

– all HERE

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Chineseffect is a web-app.

VOCABULARY MONDAY

VOCABULARY MONDAY

// Wait for the animation 🙂

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生 /shēng/ BIRTH, PRODUCTION, LIFE

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In which words do we find this character?

TO BE BORN – TO GIVE BIRTH – BIRTHDAY – LIFE – TO PRODUCE – TO HAPPEN – BUSINESS – GET ANGRY – GET ILL

But also: MISTER – STUDENT – DOCTOR

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– Interactive Flashcards

– Dynamic Sentences 

– TOP Quality Audio

All HERE!

踢 /tī/ TO KICK

踢 /tī/ TO KICK

踢足球 /tī zúqiú/ TO PLAY FOOTBALL

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First video by David Broda, still legendary! 🙂

水 /shuǐ/ WATER is becoming more and more preci…

水 /shuǐ/ WATER is becoming more and more precious.

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热水 /rèshuǐ/ HOT WATER

开水 /kāishuǐ/ BOILING WATER, lit. “opening water”

HERE is an interactive list of basic foods and beverages that you can order in a restaurant.

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Perhaps we should look into 风水 /fēngshuǐ/ FENG SHUI (the teaching about harmonising our environment) for inspiration how to arrange our lives and our society so that we stop killing the Earth and destroying the resources that we depend on.

多少 /duōshǎo/ HOW MUCH, HOW MANY

多少 /duōshǎo/ HOW MUCH, HOW MANY

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Many words in Mandarin are created either by combining synonyms or by combining antonyms. This is the second case.

We think the etymology of this word goes something like this:

People were asking for instance – ARE THERE MANY PEOPLE? or ARE THERE FEW PEOPLE? – so in fact HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE?

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Practice using 多少 /duōshǎo/ on practical example sentences! 

See it in English – Try to translate it – Click on it to see and hear it in Mandarin!

>HERE<

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Other question words with dynamic example sentences >HERE<

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Chineseffect is a web-app!

WHAT TIME IS LOVE?

WHAT TIME IS LOVE?

Complex and interactive summary of time specifications >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<