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Chinese language – Women – Daily Mandarin Lesson – Chinese Grammar

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Meaning

plural of i; we; us; ourselves

Pronunciation

Tone marks: ►wǒ men
Tone numbers: wo3 men

Chinese Characters

Traditional: 我們
Simplified: 我们

First Character: 我 (wǒ) – I; me
Second Character: 們 (men) – plural marker for pronouns and a few animate nouns

Examples of Wǒ Men

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Wǒmen shì tóngshì.
我們是同事
我们是同事
We are collegues.

Wǒmen yǎng le yī zhī māo.
我們養了一隻貓
我们养了一只猫
We have a cat.

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(Source: mandarin.about.com)

Chinese Grammar – Grass – Cao – Chinese Character Profile – Chinese language

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

The Chinese character 艸 (cǎo) means grass. It is a pictograph showing two shoots of grass.

This character is relatively uninteresting, as it not an element of any other Chinese character. The radical form of this character, however, is used in many characters that are related to plants. The radical form is a horizontal stroke with two small vertical strokes: 艹. When used as an element of a more complex character, it always appears at the top of the character.

Here are some examples of characters which incorporate this radical:

  • 芃 – péng – luxuriant growth
  • 芙 – fú – lotus
  • 芟 – shān – cut down; mow; scythe
  • 芥 – jiè – mustard
  • 芬 – fēn – fragrant
  • 花 – huā – flower; blossom
  • 芽 – yá – bud; sprout
  • 苔 – tái – moss
  • 苪 – bǐng – bright; splendid
  • 英 – yīng – English; brave
  • 蘋 / 苹 – píng – apple
  • 葉 / 叶 – yè – leaf; page
  • 莊 / 庄 – zhuāng – farm; village
  • 薔薇 / 蔷薇 – qiáng wéi – rose
  • 蘑 – mó – mushroom

(Source: mandarin.about.com)

Chinese language – Hao Xiang – Daily Mandarin Lesson – Chinese Grammar

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Meaning

as if; seem like

Pronunciation

Tone marks: ►hǎo xiàng
Tone numbers: hao3 xiang4

Chinese Characters

Traditional: 好像
Simplified: 好像

First Character: 好 (hǎo) – good; well
Second Character: 像 (xiàng) – (look) like; similar (to); appearance; to appear; to seem; image; portrait; resemble; seem

Examples of Hǎo Xiàng

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Tā hǎo xiàng shēng bìng le.
她好像生病了。
她好像生病了。
She looks like she’s sick.

Tāmen hǎo xiàng bān jiā le.
他們好像搬家了。
他们好像搬家了。
It looks like they’re moving house.

(Source: mandarin.about.com)