Model Mandarin: March 2016

Model mandarin

BEAR IN MIND Learn by saying things you shouldn’t

The Chinese language has its fair share of loan words, and loan letters. This month we look at Chinese terms that use English letters, as well as having a look at a few loan words too!

S型身材 (S xíng shēn cái) S-shaped body
Jīn • kǎdàishān yōng yǒu S xíng shēncái.
金•卡黛珊 拥 有 S 型 身材。
Kim Kardashian has an S-shaped body.

AA 制 (AA zhì) go Dutch
Jīnwǎn wǒmen AA zhì ba!
今晚 我们 AA 制 吧!
Let’s go Dutch tonight!

卡拉OK (kǎlā OK) karaoke
Nǐ xǐhuan kǎlā OK ma?
你 喜欢 卡拉OK 吗?
Do you like karaoke?

Other examples:
A股 (A gǔ) A share
IP地址 (IP dìzhǐ) Internet Protocol Address
T恤 (T xù) T-shirt
B超 (B chāo) Type-B ultrasonic

TALKING POINTS A supplement for grammar practice

Chinese loanwords from English are fun. They are like a non-English speaker imitating another language. Let’s take a look at a few…

披萨 (pīsà) pizza
Jīntiān wǒ chī le yí gè pīsà zuòwéi wǔcān.
今天 我 吃了一个 披萨 作为 午餐。
I had a pizza for lunch today.

台风 (táifēng) typhoon
Míng tiān táifēng huì hěn dà.
明 天 台风 会 很 大。
Tomorrow the typhoon will be strong.

色拉 (sèlā) salad
Wǎncān wǒ zhǐ chī sèlā.
晚餐 我 只 吃 色拉。
I only have salad for dinner.

Other examples:
汉堡 (hànbǎo) hamburger
巧克力 (qiǎokèlì) chocolate
咖啡 (kāfēi) coffee
可乐 (kělè) cola
T 恤 (T xù) T-shirt
克隆 (kèlóng) clone
拷贝 (kǎobèi) copy
沙发 (shāfā) sofa

CARTOON CHARACTERS Mnemonic devices that work

Let’s check out the Chinese character for today. “吃” (chī) EAT is composed of two parts with one for meaning and the other for pronunciation. 吃 looks like a man(人) opening his mouth (口) to eat a Peking duck (乙).
Buzzwords with 吃:
吃货 (chīhuò) foodie
This is used to describe a person with a particular interest in food.

Wǒde péng you shì gè chīhuò.
我的 朋 友 是个 吃货。
My friend is a foodie.

Hear this mini audio lesson online at http://www.newconceptmandarin.com/free-chinese-lessons/article/id:99

CANTONESE CORNER Guangdong conversation starters 

Coeng3 chin2(唱钱)- This Cantonese word comes from the English word ‘change’. The meaning of this word is to change money. For example, if you want to go to the Chinese Bank to change money, you can say: “I want to change money”(我想唱钱 ngoh5 soeng2 coeng3 chin2) (Take coeng slightly higher and stay steady. For chin, raise the tone from mid to high.)