Archive | June, 2012

Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 31 – 交 Jiāo; exchange, mix, submit

    A person sit on crossed legs called 交, which evolved to mean: exchange, mix, submit etc. Vocabulary Builder 交流 Jiāoliú Exchange 交换 jiāohuàn Exchange 交谈 jiāotán Chat 交朋友 jiāo péngyǒu To make friends 交友 jiāoyǒu To make friends 社交 shèjiāo Social activities 交易 jiāoyì Transaction 交易所 jiāoyì suǒ Stock Exchange 交响乐 jiāoxiǎngyuè Symphony 交通 jiāotōng Traffic 交际 […]

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 30 – 去 Qù ; go

       A person crosses over an object to leave.   Vocabulary Builder 离去 Lí qù Away; left 到 …  去 dào… Qù Go to… 出去 chūqù Go out 去世 qùshì Pass away; die 去年 qùnián Last year 上去 shàngqù Go up 进去 jìnqù Go inside 去皮 qù pí Peeling 去掉 qù diào Remove 除去 […]

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 29- 夫 fū; Adult

In Confucius school, there will be an ceremony for becoming an adult, which is still practiced in South Korean and Taiwan.        Vocabulary Builder 农夫 Nóngfū Farmer 渔夫 yúfū Fisherman 匹夫 pǐfū Ordinary man 丈夫 zhàngfū Husband 夫人 fūrén Mrs. 夫妇 fūfù Couple 夫子 fūzǐ Master 万夫不当之勇 wàn fū bùdāng zhī yǒng The improper courage […]

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Situational Chinese – Video dialogues – New Series Part 2 – 给家人打个电话,省得担心

Video:  85-2 省得担心 Vocabulary Builder 阿姨 Āyí Aunt 知道 zhīdào Know 省得 shěngde To save; to avoid 担心 dānxīn Worry VIDEO SCRIPT A 妈, 我 回来 了, 这 是 我 同学。 Mā, wǒ huí lái  le, zhè shì wǒ tóngxué. (Lit:) Mom I come back this is my classmates B 阿姨 好! 我 叫 王朋。 […]

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Situational Chinese – Video dialogues – New Series Part 1 – 喝饮料 Taste Beverage

  85 -1 喝饮料 Vocabulary Builder 售货员 Shòuhuòyuán Salesperson 欢迎 huānyíng Welcome 免费 miǎnfèi Free 品尝 pǐncháng Taste 顾客 gùkè Customer 小姐 Xiǎojiě Miss 种 zhǒng Kind 饮料 yǐnliào Beverages 好喝 hǎo hē Tastes so good, 当然 dāngrán Of course 您 nín You (show respect) 尝尝 cháng cháng To taste 一定 yīdìng Certain 省得 shěngde […]

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 27 – 文 Wén; Tattoo; Culture

Chinese loves Tattoo?      文身 Wénshēn Tattoo 文字 wénzì Writing 文盲 wénmáng Illiteracy (Character blind) 文化 wénhuà Culture 文人 wénrén Literati 文艺 wényì Literature and art 文科 wénkē Liberal arts 文静 wénjìng Gentle and quiet 文雅 wényǎ Elegant 一文不名 yīwénbùmíng Broke; to be penniless; to be moneyless .  

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