2012.04.25

Today I spent quite some time searching for interesting Chinese learning blogs. I hope that I’ll be able to suggest something soon!

Right now, however, broadening my vocabulary is more important. And here is today’s 10 words:

己 – jǐ – self
彳 – chì – step
音 – yīn – sound
黑 – hēi – black
魚 – yú – fish
鳥 – niǎo – bird
馬 – mǎ – horse
香 – xiāng – fragrant
臼 – jiù – mortar
欠 – qiàn – owe, lack

My Chinese Name!

I know this may sound silly but it’s not silly at all. It is extremely easy to find Chinese versions of English names. But I am Polish and so is my name.

Today I found my name in Chinese version. Here it is. Agnieszka:

阿格涅什卡 – Ā gé niè shén kǎ

And this is the English version, Agnes:

阿涅斯 – Ā niè sī

You can find more Polish names in Chinese version here.

2012.04.24

Today I found a new tool! http://www.nciku.com offers a lot. My favourite option is the vocabulary learning system. There are quizzes, questionaires, flashcards, dictations – a whole lot of things that you can do with your vocabulary lists!

But I am standing firmly. Today I’ve memorised 10 new words (and radicals at the same time).

巾 – jīn – cloth, scarf
干 – gān – shield
幺 – yāo – short, little
玄 – xuán – dark
禸 – róu – tail
石 – shí – stone
竹 – zhú – bamboo
网 – wǎng – net
糸 – mì – silk
艸 – cǎo – grass

I like the “tail” best. It really looks like a tail. A pig’s tail 🙂

words, signs, phrases 1

In this series you will find all the words that I should know in Chinese. Go ahead and check me when you meet me on the street. Surprise me. Text me. Call me. Ask me. I need motivation!

To begin with, the vocabulary from the first lesson of Learn to Speak Chinese:

你 – nǐ – you
好 – hǎo – good, well
先生 – xiān sheng – Mr, sir
您 – nín – you (formal)
小姐 – xiǎo jie – Miss (do not confuse with: xiǎo jiě – to urinate)
太太 – tài tai – Mrs.
同学 – tóng xué – classmate
老师 – lǎo shī – teacher
吗 – ma – /question tag/
我 – wǒ – I, me, myself (would My, myself and Irene be: wo, wo he Irene?)
很 – hěn – very
怎么样 – zěn me yàng – how? how about?
也 – yě – also, too
再见 – zài jiàn – goodbye