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i feel like langlbr is such a dead community (including this blog) and it’s such a shame? i remember when i joined like three years ago i thought it was so great to have a community of people equally obsessed with their target languages and learning and culture and so on and it felt so good to have people to talk to about those things. like people will look at me like i’m crazy if i tell them i’ve never been to france, to people who don’t learn languages it’s the weirdest concept ever that i speak french without having been there, but in the language community there’s such an understanding for not having had the opportunity of going where your target language is spoken, it’s been like a dream that we all have in common and it has felt so good to be able to share that with you all. 

i keep struggling to learn italian (mainly because of lack of motivation and i struggle with the feeling of “starting over” and having to learn basic vocabulary and grammatical concepts again when i’ve just come so far with german and french) and it would have been great to have a community to help me stay motivated and share tips and tricks with

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W11 Tue - What motivates you to work hard?

Grades used to be the main motivator for me to work hard in school, but now that I am in university, grades are still important, but I’m thinking about what I want to do in the future, I think about what I can do now to try and get me there. For example, I watch YouTubers who have been studying Japanese for years, and I know that if I continue to study and work at my language skills, I will hopefully one day be just as good as them?

En la escuela, solo estudiaba quería obtener buenas notas en mis examenes, pero ahora estoy en la universidad, y en vez de pensar solo en las notas, también estoy pensando en lo que quiero hacer en el futuro, y las cosas que puedo hacer ahora para preparar para el trabajo en el futuro. Por ejemplo, veo Youtubers que han sido estudiando japonés por muchos años, y sé que si continuo estudiando mis lenguas, un día llegaré al punto en que puedo hablar como ellos?

高校の時に、いい成績を取りたがったから勉強しました。今大学にいるから、成績は大事だけど、未来の仕事のために何ができると考えています。例えば、言語のYoutuberを見る時、「いつか私もそのレベルを届くようになりたいなぁ」と考えて、勉強します。

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♡ Thank you for asking ♡

Chinese measure words can be very overwhelming, especially for beginners, because there are so many of them that each require a different situation to use in. Here, I will give you some basic measure words that should help you at a beginner/intermediate level.

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个 (gè) - this is a measure word that you will use the most; it is very common and can be used for almost anything. You can use this word for other measuring words you don’t know.

For example, 我有三个弟弟。(Wǒ yǒusān gè dìdì)I have three younger brothers.
你是一个好医生。(Nǐ shì yīgè hǎo yīshēng) You are a good doctor.
给我一个抱. (Gěi wǒ yīgè bào) Give me a hug.
两个苹果。(Liǎng gè píngguǒ) Two apples.

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杯 (bēi) - this is a measure word used for literal measuring and amounts that pertain to the kitchen; it means cup.

For example, 给我一杯水。(Gěi wǒ yībēi shuǐ) Give me a cup/glass of water.
一杯面粉。(Yībēi miànfěn) One cup of flour.

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棵 (kē) - this measure word is used specifically for plants like trees, flowers, etc.

For example, 我看见两棵树。(Wǒ kànjiàn liǎng kē shù) I saw two trees.

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间 (jiān) - this word is used to describe the amounts of rooms like bedrooms, classrooms, hotel rooms, bathrooms. As you may have noticed, 间 is in 洗手间 which means bathroom (but directly translates to “room to wash hands”).

For example, 学校有三间教室。(Xuéxiào yǒusān jiān jiàoshì) The school has three classrooms.

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张 (zhāng) - this is a word used to describe things that are flat such as papers, tickets, booklets, beds, surfaces of objects like tables, etc.

For example, 请给我一张纸。(Qǐng gěi wǒ yī zhāng zhǐ) Please give me a piece of paper.
我有两张票。(Wǒ yǒu liǎng zhāng piào) I have two tickets.

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支 (zhī) - this is a measure word used to describe small, thin, long objects like pens, pencils, sticks, chopsticks, etc.

For example, 你有一支铅笔吗?(Nǐ yǒuyī zhī qiānbǐ ma) Do you have a pencil?

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把 (Bǎ) - use this word to describe small object you can hold in your hand (like knives, phones, hand mirrors, keys, rings, nail clippers, etc).

For example, 我有三把钥匙。(Wǒ yǒusān bǎ yàoshi) I have three keys.

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辆 (liàng) - this is used to describe the amount of cars, bikes, buses, scooters, etc.

For example, 我有一辆车。(Wǒ yǒuyī liàng chē) I have one car.

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列 (liè) - this is used to describe trains (unlike 辆).

For example, 我坐两列火车. (Wǒ zuò liǎng liè huǒchē) I ride/take two trains.

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名 (míng) - this is used to describe people with high-end titles and positions like doctors, lawyers, presidents, managers, police, etc.

For example, 医院有三名医生。(Yīyuàn yǒusān míng yīshēng) The hospital has three doctors.

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所 (Suǒ) - this describes the number of buildings. You can also use

For example, 镇有十所建筑物。(Zhèn yǒu shí suǒ jiànzhú wù) The town has ten buildings.

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顿 (dùn) - describes the number of meals

For example, 我每天吃三顿饭. (Wǒ měitiān chī sān dùn fàn) I eat three meals a day.

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This is where things get tricky - these next two words can describe pairs of things:

双 (shuāng) - you use this word when you are talking about a pair or multiple pairs of things.

For example, 我有两双鞋. (Wǒ yǒu liǎng shuāng xié) I have two pairs of shoes.
我的家人用两双筷子。(Wǒ de jiārén yòng liǎng shuāng kuàizi) My family uses/needs two pairs of chopsticks.

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只 (zhī) - this measuring word is used to describe the amount of animals or the number of body parts.

For example, 我的姐姐有两只猫。(Wǒ de jiějiě yǒu liǎng zhī māo) My older sister has two cats.
我有两只手。(Wǒ yǒu liǎng zhī shǒu) I have two hands.

As you can see, 只 is usually used to describe pairs of things or things that are supposed to be in a pair.
For example,一只鞋。(Yī zhǐ xié) One shoe.

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Practice: How many bedrooms are in your house? How many trees are in your backyard? How many pairs of socks do you have?

I will be making a masterlist of measure words soon ♡

Thank you for studying Chinese! Keep going - 加油

♡ I hope I can always help you answer more questions about China, Chinese culture, and Chinese language ♡

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hey! i hate making this post but i really need blogs to follow, so please excuse me :) you know how it goes, please reblog and/or like if you post about these topics:

  • languages (especially spanish, latin, japanese, greek, and french, since i’m studying/want to study those, but all are welcome!)
  • linguistics
  • classic literature (especially pride and prejudice, shakespeare and dracula, but again, everything is welcome)
  • poetry
  • dark and/or light academia
  • mythology (especially greek, slavic and egyptian)
  • philosophy 
  • history (especially ancient greece, queer history, the renaissance and ancient egypt)
  • studying in general

i’ll follow you from my main, @hitabonk! i’d appreciate it if you followed this blog, since the things listed here are what i’m gonna reblog and post content about :)

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31st may (sunday): what is the most important phrase in your native language that someone should know?

how to say ‘have a nice day’, because it’s a phrase that everyone always needs to hear. no phrase could be more important than ones that spread kindness imo

1st june (monday): what is your biggest pet peeve?

people who can’t take responsibility I’d say, but I try not to let things such as pet peeves affect me too much

2nd june (tuesday): what motivates you to work hard?

there’s many things these days, but when I first began putting effort in to my studies the mere fact that I had an education while so many others didn’t, the fact that I was lucky enough to learn in the first place was my main motivation. now that I’ve completed some work and personal related goals, I mainly use these for motivation as they show me that I’m truly capable of achieving my goals if I work hard, because I’ve already done so even on a smaller scale :)

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From left to right: middle school, late high school, 1.5 years ago (college), current (later in college)

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You can improve your Chinese handwriting!

I found some old Chinese notes/scribbles from middle school, high school, and around a year and a half ago. It’s so satisfying to see how my hardwork has paid off and my handwriting has improved. So even if your characters are messy and unbalanced now, keep at it—they will improve!

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It’s time to play

That Annoying Kanji That Has Too Many Readings

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通る 

通す

通り

通し

通う

通い

通じる

通ぶる

通じて

通人

通夜

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I feel like that’s excessive. They’re kinnnnd of related? But not exactly? And that makes it worse.

Did you know all of these?

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La diferencia entre porqué y por que - Notes From Kwiziq Spanish

So apparently, there is:

1. Por qué - why

  • ¿Por qué lo hiciste?

Why did you do it

  • Me preguntó por qué no fui.

He/she asked me why I didn’t go.


2. Porque - because

  • Nunca veo la televisión porque ponen nada interesante.

I never watch TV because they never show anything interesting.

  • No llegamos a tiempo porque había mucho tráfico.

We didn’t arrive on time because there was a lot of traffic.


3. Por que - that/ for/ that which

  • Puse todo de mi parte porque no termináramos separado.

I did my part (my best?) so that we would not end up being separated (apart?)

  • Preocupo por que él no le guste

I am worried that she won’t like it.


4. Porqué - the reason/ cause

  • No comprendo el porqué de su actitud tan negativa.

I don’t understand the reason for his negative attitude.

  • No te voy a explicar los porqués de mi decisión.

I won’t tell you the reasons for my decision.

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Weird ways I remember things – I remember which verbs are considered t verbs by imagining someone called sorp doing something really messed up – “the fuck sorp???”

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I think a better idea for me would be to read one article per week in my target language and for the second article that I would have read, I’ll do some grammar study instead since I currently have no designated space for grammar.

Instead of watching 2 episodes of a TV show in my target language per week, I’m going to watch 1 episode per week per language and then translate a song from my target language into English for the time that I would watch the 2nd episode that week. I might even do some vocab lists or translations of Spanish/French/Swedish literature I find…but we’ll see!

I think it’s more varied this way and means I can expose myself to different constructions and words. Hopefully this is better!

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Langblr Vocab

une traduction- translation

un mot- word

une phrase- sentence

une leçon- lesson

une langue- language as in french or english (also tongue)

le langage- language as in rhetoric

langue maternelle- first language, mother tongue

langue cible- target language

la grammaire- grammar

apprendre- to learn

lire- to read

écrire- to write

parler- to speak

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