Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 72

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Today's Chinese characters:

巴加拿印度

Country names are often composed of Chinese characters that "sound" as the country foreign name and that are chosen ONLY for this reason, not for their meaning. Anyway, it's a very useful exercise to associate to each country the meaning of the characters it is composed of - and, remember, it is better if you find a FUN association of ideas!

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33.3%
Today with this lesson your knowledge of Chinese characters will reach 33.3% of all the Chinese language usage!

Characters' Essentials

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-First character of the Chinese word for "Brasil"—Choose a fun meaning!
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-First character of the Chinese word for "Canada"—Choose a fun meaning!
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-Second character of the Chinese word for "Canada"—Choose a fun meaning!
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-First character of the Chinese word for "India"—Choose a fun meaning!
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-Second character of the Chinese word for "India"—Choose a fun meaning!

Description and Examples

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西
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Brazil; Baxi (in Sichuan Province)
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西
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Brazilian
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Canada
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Canadian
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India; ind-, indo-
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Indian


Dialogue 49

A:
南美洲人
B:
巴西人
A:
南美洲人
B:
北美洲人加拿大人
A:
B:
女朋友亚洲人印度人

Exercise

Invent whatever sort of association between the following countries and the Chinese characters they are composed by:

China

USA

UK

Japan

How to proceed:

First, read all the meanings of each character (as listed in the "Characters' Details" section).

Then, use your creative fantasy to "animate" each character: does it look like an animal, a piece of cloth, an object? What about the parts it is composed of? Is there a mouth, a woman, a man, a hand? Does it contain other characters?

Last, associate what you have found to the country, to the country location, to its population, to its shape or to whatever you want!

The purpose of this exercise is to help you memorize more Chinese characters.


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Characters' Details

Chinese Character 185 of 1000

appearance score: # 546
frequency: 0.0387159%
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-Split, open, crack, break up; hope earnestly, wait anxiously for; cling to, stick to; climb physically and socially; be close to, be next to
-Python; crust, crust like formation; (part of compounds denoting tip or end or tail)
-Ba (a state in the Zhou Dynasty); ancient name of East Sichuan
-Bar (unit of barometric pressure)
-(A surname)

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Chinese Character 186 of 1000

appearance score: # 166
frequency: 0.1259136%
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-Plus; increase; add
-(A surname)

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Chinese Character 187 of 1000

appearance score: # 645
frequency: 0.0319362%
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-Take; capture; be sure of; make things difficult for sb.

This character has a different traditional version.

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(same as simplified one's)

Chinese Character 188 of 1000

appearance score: # 640
frequency: 0.0321331%
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5
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-Seal, stamp, chop; print, mark
-Engrave, print; tally, conform
-(A surname)

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Chinese Character 189 of 1000

appearance score: # 184
frequency: 0.1107863%
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-Degree, limit, extent; linear measure; tolerance, magnanimity; consideration
-Spend, pass
-Degree (used as unit of measurement for angles, temperature, etc.)
-Kilowatt-hour (kWh)
-(Measure word meaning 'occasion, time')
-(Used after nouns, verbs or adjectives as suffix to form nouns indicating degree, range or time segment)
-(A surname)
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-Estimate, surmise

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.Help

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