2013年10月23日 星期三

About Chinese Measure Words



Mandarin Chinese Measure Words

 

1       Measure words are familiar to English-speakers as the type of object being discussed, as in a “loaf” of bread, or a “stick” of gum.

2       Mandarin Chinese also uses measure words for types of objects, but there are many other measure words that refer to the shape of the object or the type of container it comes in. Some measure words are arbitrary.

3       The main difference between English (and other Western languages) and Mandarin Chinese is that Mandarin Chinese requires a measure word for every noun. In English we can say, “three cars,” but in Mandarin Chinese, we need to say “three (measure word) cars.”

4       There are more than a hundred Mandarin Chinese measure words, and the only way to learn them is by memorizing them. Whenever you learn a new noun, you should also learn its measure word.

Generic Measure Word

 5       There is one “generic” measure word which can be used when the actual measure word is not known. The measure word (gè) is a measure word for people, but it is frequently used for many types of things (such as apples, bread, and light bulbs) even when there are other, more appropriate measure words for these objects.
 
 
Here are some of the most common measure words encountered by students of Mandarin Chinese.
Class
Measure Word (pinyin)
Measure word (traditional Chinese Characters)
Measure word (simplified Chinese Characters)
People
gè or wèi
or
or
Books
běn
Vehicles
liàng
Portions
fèn
flat objects (tables, paper)
zhāng
Long round objects (pens, pencils)
zhī
Letters and Mail
fēng
Rooms
jiān
Clothing
Jiàn or tào
or
or
Written Sentences
Trees
Bottles
píng
periodicals
Doors and windows
shàn
Buildings
dòng
Heavy objects (machines and appliances)
tái
 
 
 
 

2013年10月22日 星期二

About Chinese Characters


Well...as you can see
One Chinese character may possess different meanings, usages, and pronunciations.
Even using a pinyin software can't avoid mistakes (the software may choose the wrong pinyin for you, because it can't distinguish the context).
We still need to proofread.......
Lots of work for a Mandarin teacher



Measure Word in Chinese


What is measure word and other questions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1TenGjm0l0&feature=youtu.be

2013年10月9日 星期三

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2013年10月1日 星期二

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One of my students asked me the meaning of this word "租“ also the meaning of
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