Archive | August, 2012

Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 94 – 屰 逆 Nì, Against; Reverse

屰 Nì is a person walking to you, so using , a  person head down. 屰 plus the 辶 (movement) become  逆 Nì, go against. Vocabulary Builder 逆风 Nìfēng Headwind 逆子 Nìzǐ Unfilial son 莫逆之交 Mònì zhī jiāo Very good friends. 逆流 Nìliú Countercurrent 逆转 Nìzhuǎn Reversal 叛逆 Pànnì Rebel 忤逆 Wǔnì Rebelling against

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  Vocabulary is the foundation of every language. But in Chinese language, we must tell the difference between ” Chinese Character called 字 Zì ” and ” Phrase or word called 词 cí “. Chinese language is a non-alphabet language. “Chinese Character called 字 Zì’ is the basic component of “Phrase or word called 词 cí “. The Chinese phrase is […]

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 92 – 羌 Qiāng, Qiang ethic group

       羌 Qiāng is made of ”  people ” and ” 羊 sheep”, meaning the ” sheep herding people”. Vocabulary Builder 羌人 Qiāng rén Qiang people 羌族 Qiāngzú Qiang ethic group 羌笛何须怨杨柳,春风不度玉门关 Qiāngdí héxū yuàn yángliǔ, chūnfēng bù dù yùménguān Qiangdi why complain willow, spring breeze will not go over  Yumen Pass 相关字 Xiāngguān zì Related […]

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 91 貌 皃 mào ; Appearance

     is made of  ( face) and  (body), emphasis the appearance.  皃  is easy wrongly considered as 儿(son) , so a new character 貌 was created.   Vocabulary Builder 面貌 Miànmào Face 样貌 Yàng mào Appearance 以貌取人 Yǐmàoqǔrén Judge a book by 美貌 Měimào Beauty 礼貌 Lǐmào Courtesy 道貌岸然 Dàomào’ànrán Look diginified

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 90 兑 Duì , Exchange; 悦 Yuè , Joyful

. 兑 Duì originally is a happy face. But a new character 悦  Yuè replaced 兑 Duì  as joyful. The 兑 Duì is used as exchange. Vocabulary Builder 兑换 Duìhuàn Exchange 兑现 Duìxiàn To Cash 喜悦 Xǐyuè Joy 悦耳 Yuè’ěr Pleasing to ear 赏心悦目 Shǎngxīnyuèmù Feast for the Eyes 和颜悦色 Héyányuèsè Amiable and polite  in Manner 心悦诚服 Xīnyuèchéngfú […]

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Third Chinese Character and Chinese Character Education International Seminar

Around 150 professors, experts attended this seminar. We discussed and shared our experiences in this two full days meeting. David Yao gave speech on ” Mandarin Teaching in Non-Mandarin Environment”. We are happy to realize that we have done many pioneering works in many areas, such as:  The Framework of Mandarin Teaching  in Non-Mandarin Environment. The Classification of Vocabulary. Online Assessment and Progress Report. […]

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 89 免 Miǎn, free of ; 冕Miǎn, Crown,

免 Miǎn is the crown, but a new character 冕Miǎn was created to replace 免 Miǎn. The 免 Miǎn was kept , used as ” free of” Vocabulary Builder 免不了 Miǎnbule Inevitably 难免 Nánmiǎn Inevitably 避免 Bìmiǎn Avoid 免税 Miǎnshuì Tax-free 免费 Miǎnfèi Free (of charges, fee) 在所难免 Zài suǒ nánmiǎn Inevitable 闲人免进 Xiánrén miǎn jìn No Admittance 加冕 […]

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