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Category: Mandarin Monday

Mandarin Monday, 第四课

Mandarin Monday was started to help me remember the Chinese I was regretfully slowly forgetting. By informing others and writing about vocabulary, phrases, and grammar along with tidbits about Chinese culture, I hope to not only relearn the language but also help others learn as well. I welcome questions and criticisms if you find that my grammar is incorrect; contact me in comments or my e-mail: sue[@]madeinkowloon[.]com. Thank you!

I’m going to interrupt our scheduled programming (survival expressions and questions to ask for and on a date) to bring you the MANDARIN MONDAY HOLIDAY EDITION! Sorta. I dropped the ball and forgot the Christmas sayings, but there’s always next year!

 

祝你新年快乐!
zhù nǐ xīn nián kuài lè
wish you new year 快 乐 happy = I wish you a happy new year!

“Happy” is a two-character word. In Chinese, there are a lot of joint words like this. Sometimes, each word will mean something completely different if standing on its own. For example, means “fast,” and is typically associated with “music.” I guess in this case, if you like mnemonics, you could say fast music makes people happy? Or fast music is generally associated with happy things? Haha you get the idea; I quit. Read the rest of this entry »

Mandarin Monday, 第三课

Mandarin Monday was started to help me remember the Chinese I was regretfully slowly forgetting. By informing others and writing about vocabulary, phrases, and grammar along with tidbits about Chinese culture, I hope to not only relearn the language but also help others learn as well. I welcome questions and criticisms if you find that my grammar is incorrect; contact me in comments or my e-mail: sue[@]madeinkowloon[.]com. Thank you!

大家好!
dà jiā hǎo!

Today’s lesson is a continuation of last week. To schedule appointments and be punctual for them requires you to know how to tell time, right? Read the rest of this entry »

Mandarin Monday, 第二课

Mandarin Monday was started to help me remember the Chinese I was regretfully slowly forgetting.  By informing others and writing about vocabulary, phrases, and grammar along with tidbits about Chinese culture, I hope to not only relearn the language but also help others learn as well.  I welcome questions and criticisms if you find that my grammar is incorrect;  contact me in comments or my e-mail: sue[@]madeinkowloon[.]com.  Thank you!

大家好!很久不见。
dà jiā hǎo! hěn jiǔ bù jiàn.

big family good very long time no see = Hello everyone! Long time no see.

Actually, it’s not that long; it’s only been a week.  Last Monday, I left off with introductory greetings.  The next few lessons I will go into more basics, such as places and numbers so you are able to keep those appointments you scheduled throughout your week!  Today’s lesson: Numbers and Dates. Read the rest of this entry »