Chinese pinyin and character flashcards: Quotes & inspirations from December, 2013

December 12th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

This set of Chinese vocabularies is a collection of inspirations from my December posts labeled under Inspired by. Play around with the settings and have fun with these cards. Be inspired as you learn. Enjoy!



Learning to Read and Write Chinese: 哥哥

June 24th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

My first impression of my elder brother

My first impression of my elder brother

哥哥 gē gē, elder brother
妹妹 mèi mèi, younger sister

Dear 哥哥,

My long lost brother. I have finally found you. I’ve always wanted to call you 哥哥 and now finally I can hear you responding to me. Words can not express my feelings for you. Although I don’t know you, I respect and honor you. Although I didn’t grow up with you, I love and look up to you. My heart has always wished to grow up with you and spend all those lost moments and years with you. Even though we’ve been apart I believe our hearts will mend the past and make beautiful memories from this moment on. I hope you will share your sweetness, sourness, bitterness, spiciness in life with me. Distance will not keep my heart from always being with you and supporting you.

Love Always,
Your 妹妹

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Learning to Read and Write Chinese: 想得到先要付出

April 16th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

xiǎng, to think / to believe / to suppose / to wish / to want / to miss
得到 dé dào, to get / to obtain / to receive
xiān, early / prior / former / in advance / first
要 yāo, demand / ask / request / coerce / must
付出 chū, pay / pay out

想得到,先要付出 if you want to receive, you must give first (pay in advance)

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Knowing One’s Weaknesses is the Beginning of Positive Change

April 16th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

知彼知己,百戰不殆;不知彼而知己,一勝一負;不知彼,不知己,每戰必殆

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.

~ Art of War, Ch. 3, the last sentence, by Sun Tzu

 

Learn Chinese Character Singing KTV: 荃加福祿壽探案- 無聊合唱團 Lyrics

October 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

This is a short funny Cantonese song from a TVB Drama, 荃加福祿壽探案 quán jiā fú lù shòu tàn àn (Super Snoops). Their singing and dancing makes me laugh out loud.

Study Materials

The song is sung in Cantonese. Many words are very hard to translate due to the nonsense nature of the song. Even my Cantonese friends says that it can’t be directly translated. I tried to translated it the best I can at the bottom, don’t take it as being 100% correct. This is a nonsense song for fun only. Learn the words for what it is with the Vocabulary list 荃加福祿壽探案 無聊合唱團. The definition and Mandarin pingying are in Traditional Chinese (I don’t know of a Cantonese translator). Download, enjoy and learn.

Test Yourself and Sing Along 🙂

Song #2: 荃加福祿壽探案-無聊合唱團

懸懸居居去買麵
(懸懸居居, not 100% what this means, I think it means dumb) dumbly I go to buy noodles
買着個蝦子麵
bought a shrimp noodle
媽媽沖谅, 爸爸耕田
mama’s takes a (沖谅) bath/shower,  Papa tills the fields
由我去買麵
so it’s up to me to go buy the noodles
爺爺失眠就開風扇
grandpa has insomnia and goes to turn on the fan
但係冇晒電
but there’s no electricity left
我最節儉用芭蕉扇來撥面
I am the most frugal I use a palm-leaf fan to fan my face
三叔公佢回頭鬧我
3rd great uncle turns back to scold me
乜你咁曵未去買麵
why you naughty and not gone to buy the noodles

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