Jump to content
Chinese-forums.com
Learn Chinese in China

Signese

  • entries
    349
  • comments
    1,414
  • views
    186,440

Contributors to this blog

  • roddy 143
  • anonymoose 85
  • skylee 61
  • abcdefg 10
  • Publius 8
  • StChris 8
  • jbradfor 5
  • Tomsima 5
  • mungouk 5
  • xiaocai 4
  • somethingfunny 4
  • ChTTay 3
  • Flying Pigeon 2
  • stapler 2
  • DrWatson 2
  • js6426 1
  • murrayjames 1

Beyond the textbook: What is this about?

abcdefg

167 views

Best for beginners

 

If you live in China, you have probably seen something similar to this in the last year or so. My snapshots are from this morning. 

 

What is this about? The photo on the left provides detail. The photo on the right provides context. (Click to make the photos larger, to make the small text legible.)

 

1530475005_IMG_20191104_122140(2)-60.thumb.jpg.3477f8cdef2c762393dc718a3e882704.jpg     112543964_IMG_20191104_122150(2)-950px.thumb.jpg.6b970ba02013fd11b3fd50b46f51764a.jpg

 

 

What two words does Chinese turn into this "efficiency contraction," as shown in the bottom of the frame? --  环保。When starting out learning the language in a practical way, beyond the textbook, these things can throw you for a loop because they often are not in the dictionary. (Click to see the answer.) 

 

Spoiler

 

环境

保护 

 


And here's the give-away in pictures in case you are still wondering. 

 

Spoiler

 

 

1442230453_IMG_20191104_122752(2)-35.thumb.jpg.5783e5fd441561edc34280d15bf43c88.jpg   817736745_IMG_20191104_122844(2)-45.thumb.jpg.27e157a9ddd56be63b6a6e5bd86fa2e9.jpg

 

 

 

 



2 Comments


Recommended Comments

DavyJonesLocker

Posted

"When starting out learning the language in a practical way, beyond the textbook, these things can throw you for a loop because they often are not in the dictionary."

 

so true, paying attention to the environment around can be a real wake up call as one's true level of Chinese. My best advice to people  who have just got up and running is to "keep paying attention as soon as you close the text books" , even its its just a simple sign as a subway platform like 开往 instead of 方向    (as i thought it was about a year :oops:).

 

 

Thing is you don;t need a good level to start paying attention. First month and there are plenty of super useful learning opportunities. I still remember my introduction to 将  was on a sign in Ikea restaurant, telling everyone to put their dirty dishes back on the . I was like "wow this is the same as 把?" Stuck ever since, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Like 1

Share this comment


Link to comment
On 11/7/2019 at 9:16 AM, DavyJonesLocker said:

Thing is you don;t need a good level to start paying attention.

 

So true. This is essentially what got me into Chinese in the first place.

 

On my first trip to China in 2000, I couldn't understand any Chinese. But just from walking around Beijing and paying attention to road signs, I learned characters such as 东,南,西,北,中 and 路. I was curious as to how characters could be put together to make a sentence, so I purchased a Chinese grammar book when I returned to the UK, not having any particular intention of learning Chinese, but just to satisfy my intellectual curiosity. One thing leads to another, and...

  • Like 2

Share this comment


Link to comment
×
×
  • Create New...