Sunday, August 28, 2011

Notes from Chinese lesson 2011-08-25

Notes from Chinese lesson 2011-08-25

亚洲【Yàzhōu】 Asia.
美洲【měizhōu】 America.
澳洲【àozhōu】 Australia.
非洲【Fēizhōu】 Africa.

超市【chāoshì】 supermarket.

芋头【yùtou】taro; sweet potato.

凤梨【fènglí】 pineapple.

Taiwanese has no Pinyin

开门 open (Simplified hanzi)
開門 open (Traditional hanzi)

爱【ài】 love (Simplified hanzi)
愛【ài】 love (Traditional hanzi)

Because I have a hard time reading the menus in a Chinese restaurant, my teacher recommends that I ask the following:

nǐ yǒu shén me shi zuì hǎo chī de?

Chapter 7, page 36

剧场【jùchǎng】 theatre (where operas and plays are held)
电影院【diànyǐngyuàn】 cinema; movie theatre.
京剧【jīngjù】 Beijing opera.
京【jīng】short for Beijing
剧【jù】 theatrical work; drama; play; opera
戏剧【xìjù】 drama; play; theatre.
喜剧【xǐjù】 comedy.
演出【yǎnchū】 perform; show; put on a show.
出【chū】 go or come out

表演【biǎoyǎn】 perform; act; play; performance; exhibition; demonstrate.

nǐ kě yǐ biǎo yǎn

guó jù = 国剧 = national opera

歌剧【gējù】 opera.
( 歌= song,唱歌= sing a song)

确实【quèshí】 true; reliable; really; indeed.

相似【xiāngsì】 resemble; be similar; be alike.

不仅【bùjǐn】 not the only one; not only.

而且【érqiě】 <conj.> but also

功夫【gōngfu】 skill; art; kung fu; labour; effort.

脸谱【liǎnpǔ】 types of facial makeup in operas.

Memorize phrases, then compose sentences.
Review key sentences, first dialogue.
Ask questions in Chinese, but use only the words you know. Use English for the words you do not know.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Jane Fonda's Tips for the Over-60 Set

Jane Fonda's Tips for the Over-60 Set

(From the August 22 issue of Newsweek)

    "Get a good video of erotic massaging and treat each other to one" to keep your sex life interesting.

    Have younger friends. "At least that way not everyone you know will die before you do!"

    Memorize poetry and learn a new language to improve and protect your brain.

    Do Pilates and tai chi to keep muscles, tendons, and ligaments flexible.

    After 60, there is "less room for ego and more need for humility, balance, and common sense."


Here's the link where I got these tips:




Grumbling about the hassle of refilling contact lens prescriptions.
Grumble, grumble, grumble. Mutiny! Mutiny! Mutiny!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Why Rick Perry is Headed for the White House

Why Rick Perry is Headed for the White House

We join spokes together in a wheel,

We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.
We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.  -  Tao de Ching

Monday, August 8, 2011

Notes from Chinese lesson, 2012-08-02

Describes different situation
Expresses different situation

Zheng zai = zai (action) ne

正在【zhèngzài】 (to indicate an action in progress) in process of; in course of.

Xi guan = jian

习惯【xíguàn】 be accustomed to; be used to; be insured to.
Zhe ge hao xi guan = good habit
Used as noun

容【róng】permit; allow

天空【tiānkōng】 the sky

空【kōng】 empty; hollow; void
A space with nothing

Xiǎo kǒng = 小孔= a small space in busy time

将来【jiānglái】 future.

会【huì】= near future

Zuotian (昨天) cannot be used with会【huì】

wǒ zuó tiān lái le
wǒ huì lái le
wǒ shì zuó tiān huí lái le
wǒ míng tiān huí lái le
wǒ zuó tiān lái le

车【chē】= drive

Zuo + le

wǒ men xià wǔ sān diǎn shàng kè de

Lets go see a movie
diàn yǐng shì xià wǔ sān diǎn de
shì xià wǔ sān diǎn de diàn yǐng
(either way is correct)

Shi lanse de xiu

lǐ gōng = 理工 = science & technology

cuī yī xià ér
Hurry up a bit

Cui! Cui!

反正【fǎnzheng】 <adv.> anyway; anyhow; in any case.

Page 83

wǒ zhèng zài xiǎng sòng shén me lǐ wù
I was wondering what gifts to send.

You cannot send alarm clocks or umbrellas.

Page 84

让【ràng】ask or have someone else do something

“shake the cage”