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Learn Chinese – Is Chinese hard to learn?

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

4 Reasons Why You Should Learn Chinese?
The first question my students always ask me would be “Is Chinese hard to learn? I would say ‘YES, if you use the wrong method!’, so, for me, Chinese isn’t hard to learn at all, It’s just like when you first watch a magic trick, it’s amazing! But when you know the secret about it, you will master it in the shortest period.

So, why you should learn Chinese? What is the reasons that cause millions of students taking Chinese or Mandarin as their 2nd language?

There are just too many reasons to explain it. First, Chinese is the language of Nearly 1/4 of the World’s Population. Speakers of Chinese not only live in China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, but also spread throughout Southeast Asia, North America, and Europe, where large Chinese communities congregate. Basically you can find China town in majority city. Chinese people today have been playing increasingly important roles worldwide,4 out of 10 top corporates in the world are owned by Chinese.

Second, learning Chinese is an extraordinary and agreeable experience through which you can immerse yourself in a different culture. Unlike most languages, Chinese has a unique ideographic writing system, which provides visual comprehensibility. The grammatical structure of Chinese is not only logical, but also pragmatic, related to the particular way of Chinese thinking. Knowledge of the written language opens up the culture of one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Chinese cultural can be trace back to 5000 years ago.

Third, traditional Chinese culture, from Confucianism and Chan Buddhism to martial arts and Chinese cuisine, has an enormous influence on East and Southeast Asian nations. Chinese culture has also greatly inspired the western world through Marco Polo, G. W. Leibniz, Max Weber, Franz Kafka, Andre Malraux, Bertolt Brecht, Ezra Pound, and Luis Borges, among others.

Last, but not least, the People’s Republic of China currently boasts the fastest growing economy in the world and is widely regarded as the potentially biggest global market in the twenty-first century. Proficient speakers of Mandarin Chinese will find jobs in various fields such as business, government, international relations, information technology, tourism, education, translation and much, much more. Of all foreign languages at American universities and colleges, Chinese shows the highest proportional increase in enrollment. With us, you get to have a chance to experience how to learn Chinese, it’s not hard at all.

Many of our site visitors at Learn Chinese For Free .com learn chinese language for the purpose of working in China in the future, as now there are many opportunities to do so. Some people from our site followed our best recommended way to learn Chinese and they’ve successfully achieve certain level in Chinese. A few of our visitors learn Chinese just for challenge, as they believed (but later proven to be wrong) that it is one of the most difficult languages to learn, because with us, Mandarin Chinese is not as difficult as they thought.

Lastly, I wish you all the best in Learning Chinese

Best wishes,

Jayden

Jayden Yap is one of a very influential Chinese Language Expert. Most of the time he would travel around the globe sharing everything about Chinese cultural, chinese language.
He’s good in speaking both English and Chinese and he can easily teach you how you can speak Chinese like anyone can in the shortest time frame.

(Source: LearnChineseForFree.com)

Cri – Lesson 57

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

(mms://enmms.chinabroadcast.cn/new/lang/ch/studio/lesson163.wma)

Cam:  It’s vacation week on Chinese Studio.  Welcome to the show everyone, wo shi Cam.
YJ:  And wo shi Yajie.  We’ve been talking about taking a vacation all week, and Cam, you look like you need one.
Cam: I most certainly do.  But before I take off for warmer climes, let’s check Key Words of the Day.

Key Words of the Day
You look like you need a vacation. 你看上去需要休假. Annual vacation 年假.  How many vacation days do I have? 我有多少天年假? Ask for a sick leave 请病假  All in today’s Chinese Studio.

YJ: Well Cam, I told you look like you need a vacation.  In Chinese, I could say 你看上去需要休假.
Cam: ni3 kan4shang4qu4 xu1yao4 xiu1jia4.
YJ:  kan4shang4qu4 means look like,
Cam: kan4shang4qu
YJ: xu1yao4 means need,
Cam: xu1 yao4.
YJ: xiu1 jia4 means vacation,
Cam: xiu1 jia4.
YJ: so it’s “ni3 kan4shang4qu4 xu1yao4 xiu1jia4.” You look like you need a vacation.
Cam: Yes indeed, wo3 kan4shang4qu4 xu1yao4 xiu1jia4.
Conversation1:
A:你看上去需要休假.
B: 我也这么认为,最近太累了。

Cam:  So I take a vacation each year, which is my annual vacation.  How do I say that?
YJ: it’s nian2 jia4. 年假.
Cam: nian2 jia4.
YJ: nian2 is short for mei3 nian2, which means each year or annual,
Cam: nian2
YJ:  jia4 means vacation,
Cam: jia4,
YJ: nian2 jia4, annual vacation,
Cam: nian2 jia4. And how many days do I have for my annual vacation?
YJ: Well, you can ask wang wenzhi by saying “wo3 you 3 duo1 shao3 tian1 nian2 jia4”. 我有多少天年假?
Cam: wo3 you 3 duo1 shao3 tian1 nian2 jia4
YJ: wo3 you3 means I have,
Cam: wo3 you3,
YJ: duo1 shao3 tian1, how many days,
Cam: duo1 shao3 tian1,
YJ: nian2 jia4, annual vacation,
Cam: nian2 jia4. 
YJ: wo3 you 3 duo1 shao3 tian1 nian2 jia4
Cam: wo3 you 3 duo1 shao3 tian1 nian2 jia4 How many vacation days do I have?
Conversation2:
A: 你休年假了吗?
B: 还没有。请问我有多少天年假?
A: 你有15天年假。

Cam: Yajie, I don’t feel very well, I guess maybe I’ve caught a cold again…
YJ: poor Cam, then you should ask for a sick leave.
Cam: I think so… how should I say that in Chinese?
YJ: you can say “qing3 bing4 jia4”
Cam: qing3 bing4 jia4
YJ: qing3 means apply for or ask for,
Cam: qing3,
YJ: bing4 jia4, sick leave,
Cam: bing4 jia4.
YJ: qing3 bing4 jia4
Cam: qing3 bing4 jia4 ask for a sick leave.
YJ: Cam, you do need a vacation.
Cam: right…

Conversation3:
 
A: 我感觉不太舒服。我想请病假。
B: 好吧。回去好好休息一下。
Key Words Reminder
You look like you need a vacation. 你看上去需要休假. Annual vacation 年假.  How many vacation days do I have? 我有多少天年假? Ask for a sick leave 请病假  All in today’s Chinese Studio.
Cam:  We’ve already come to the end of the show.  Yajie, would you like to ask our question of the day?
YJ:  Sure.  How do you say “annual vacation” in Chinese?
Cam: Send your answer to Chinese@crifm.com.prize, See ya tomorrow!
Yajie:  Ming tian jian.

(Source:english.cri.cn)

Chinese Culture – Tang Tri-colored Glazed Pottery (1)

Friday, July 4th, 2008

A type of glazed pottery with the dominant colors of yellow, brown and green was very popular in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It was later called the tri-colored glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty, or Tangsancai.

 

 

The Tang tri-colored glazed pottery is a low-melting glaze pottery. It was made by adding metallic oxides into the colored gaze and calcining the object, thus forming different colors including the predominant yellow, brown and green. The chemicals in the glaze changed gradually in the firing process, creating a variegated effect that has a majestic and elegant artistic attraction. Tri-colored glazed pottery was usually used for burial objects. The loose and brittle quality of its base and its low waterproofing properties meant it was not as practical as the blue and white porcelain that had already emerged by that time.

Source: chinaculture.org