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This post is part 2 of Mandarin characters we can learn from Snoop Dogg's Gin and Juice. I highly suggest reading part 1 here before you read this.…Continue
Added by Brandon on February 13, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Today’s entry is based around the character 差 chà which has quite a few meanings (of course) but basically means ‘to lack, short of, differ…Continue
We just got a new phrase in class that I thought was pretty amusing. Apparently in extremely polite situations where you don't know someone's name, you can say 'Hello comrade' 您好同志 - nín hăo tóng zhì.…
A 同学 - tóng xué (classmate) of mine said this when talking about why he had to miss class and go to a training session for work instead.
这是 bull shit - zhè shì bull shit - This is bullshit.
Added by Brandon on January 14, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments
First word means strange or odd.
奇怪 - qí guài
On my first weekend in Shanghai, I used the term…Continue
Okay so that picture is most likely a Japanese Sumo and I realize that this is a Chinese Mandarin site but what the hell, I liked the picture.…
Added by Brandon on December 29, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments
A few characters to remember for those just starting out.
口 – kŏu - means mouth, for hopefully obvious reasons :) :0 :O 口 & smaller versions of that box are often associated with…Continue
Unfortunately this 'how to' also involves female stereotypes but, eh, what can you do?
This character 要 - has several different meanings but this is how I remember the more dominant use as a fourth tone, yào. Generally it means…Continue
Okay so this one isn't that complicated but it has proven to be pretty memorable. It's just what I first thought when looking at the characters.
"if - in the event that" - 如果 - rú guŏ
I 'read' this starting with the left…Continue
Added by Brandon on December 13, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Occasionally I invent my own stories to remember Chinese characters (汉字).
经 验 - jīng yàn - (and can add a 的 de on the end to make experienced adjective).
Start with second character,…Continue
Added by Brandon on December 10, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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