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Why it’s called “You Can Read”? Well, because it IS focused on preparing you to read Chinese. As a matter of fact, you will read a complete mini novel in the end. From a grammar point, a sentence pattern, a few new words to reading a 550 character mini novel.
This lesson resembles a rich dinner that you can take on a relaxing night. At least that’s my intention. :-) You'll get appetizer, entree and main course in the end. The only difference is, when you finish your "lesson dinner", you'll be full of Chinese language knowledge, instead of food. But not too heavy, I hope?
Anyway, let’s get started …
1. Appetizer: A grammar point
First of all, let’s look at a magic character that you might love or hate:
It does have other crazy meaning and sound, but in this lesson we only care about one:
(used after a verb to mean The Present Progressive Tense of that verb: doing)
坐着 zuò zhe (sitting),
想着 xiǎng zhe (thinking),
爱着 ài zhe (loving)
Yes, you can place it after any verb you know that’ll make sense for Present Progressive Tense.
You’d better remember the three examples I just show, they’ll meet you again in the mini novel. :-)
2. Drink: A sentence pattern
Let’s start with our slogan for this lesson: The more you read, the better you get.
Switch it into Chinese:
nǐ dú dé yuè duō， yuè hǎo。
Simple. The sentence pattern you need to learn and remember is “越…， 越…” yuè …,
yuè … (the more …, the more…).
Just fit in the normal sentence into the pattern mode, you’ll get what you want, like this:
你读得多， 好。 => 越…， 越…
=> 你读得越多， 越好。
3. Entree: A few new words
You do need to learn a few new words that can be categorized as “love” terminology
since the frequency they appear in a love story is usually high :
爱情 àiqíng (love)
- the main ingredient of love
恨 hèn (hate)
- when love turns to the opposite
分手 fēnshǒu (breakup)
- an ending of a relationship, for good or for bad
结束 jiéshù (done; over)
- when no one says “I love you” anymore
想 xiǎng (think; miss)
- occupied-brain syndrom while in love
哭 kū (cry)
- the overflow of emotions when love is too much or too little
酒 jiǔ (alcohol)
- Tylenol for love pains
电话 diànhuà (phone)
- the device to pass love messages, regardless of its quality
陪 péi (accompany)
- a way to maintain love relationship
4. Main Course: Mini novel
Now you’re ready to move on to read a 550 character mini novel titled “Break Up” (with pinyin, English translation, vocab table and traditional Chinese version) in three consecutive posts:
It is written for Beginner to Elementary level Chinese learners. All the knowledge points you learned in this post will be revisited by you in the novel. You might also learn a few new words too.
When you're done, please let me know whether you can understand the novel? Do you feel it’s too hard or too easy for your level? How long it takes you to finish the novel (three posts)? Anything you wanna share, feel free to leave your feedback.
Thank you and hope you enjoy your learning and reading!
This Chinese reading lesson was originally published on the Study More Chinese Blog
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