Thomas Doherty's Blog – October 2013 Archive (9)

The Mandarin Chinese idiom 刮目相看 (guā mù xiāng kàn) “look at a person with new eyes”

The idiom 刮目相看 (guā mù xiāng kàn), translated as “look at a person with new eyes,” originates from a description of Lü Meng(1), the outstanding general of the Wu state in the Chinese historical text Records of the Three Kingdoms.  The Epoch Times has a nice posting on this idiom at this link:

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Added by Thomas Doherty on October 14, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Borrowing and Lending in Mandarin Chinese Grammar

The words 借 (jiè), 借给 (jiègěi) and 跟…借 (gēn…jiè) in Mandarin Chinese are all used to talk about borrowing and lending.  Whilst English has separate words for “to borrow” and “to lend” , Mandarin Chinese just has 借 to cover both senses of money ( or object ) flow.  Which one it means depends on how the sentence is structured.  A nice posting on this subject is at this link:

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Added by Thomas Doherty on October 14, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The most common situations where 在 (zài) comes after the verb

In Chinese grammar, the preposition 在 (zài) can sometimes appear after the verb. This can be confusing for people learning Chinese, because in many prepositions like 在 come before the verb.  See the FluentU posting on this Mandarin Chinese Grammar point here:

       http://chinesegrammar.info/structure/zai4-after-the-verb/       

Added by Thomas Doherty on October 14, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The grammar of "for" & "to" in Chinese using verb-gei 给 compounds

The word 给 (gěi) is often used in Mandarin Chinese as a preposition meaning “for” or “to”. In other words, 给 can be used to talk about doing something for someone or to someone. One way to do this is with so-called verb-给 compounds which simply means is a verb immediately followed by 给.  A fine posting of this topic is at this link:

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Added by Thomas Doherty on October 14, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

10 Basic Mandarin Chinese Grammar Points

FluentU has posted 10 Basic Mandarin Chinese Grammar Points at this link:

    http://chinesegrammar.info/general/beginners-basic-chinese-grammar/     

Added by Thomas Doherty on October 14, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

CCTV Documentary on Cao Cao

Cao Cao was a warlord and the penultimate Chancellor of the Eastern Han Dynasty who rose to great power during its final years in ancient China. Although often portrayed as a cruel and merciless tyrant, he has also been praised as a brilliant ruler and military genius who treated his officers like his family.  CCTV has a multi-part documentary on Cao Cao at this link:

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"Singles Market” of People Square, Shanghai by Furio Fu

Furio Fu has written an article in English on the "Singles Market" of People Square, Shanghai on his web page here: 

http://www.saporedicina.com/english/the-singles-market-of-people-square-shanghai/      

Added by Thomas Doherty on October 7, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

"Have your cake and eat it too" in Chinese Idioms

Various expressions are used to convey similar idioms to the well known one in English "You can not have your cake and eat it too !".  In Mandarin it is " 又要马儿跑,又要马儿不吃草" ( Yòu yào mǎr pǎo, yòu yào mǎr bu chī cǎo.) – To want a horse that both runs fast and consumes no feed.

Or another Chinese Idiom from Mencius  "魚與熊掌不可兼得" ( Yú yǔ xióng zhǎng bùkě jiān de )  – You cannot have both the fish and the…

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Added by Thomas Doherty on October 7, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Modern Chinese Weddings by Christina at FluentU

Christina at FluentU has written a nice article on Modern Chinese Weddings at this link:    http://chinese.fluentu.com/blog/2013/09/11/modern-chinese-wedding-customs/   

Christina at FluentU

Added by Thomas Doherty on October 5, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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