Getting mixed up with adj/verbs/nouns

January 25, 2010, 03:28 PM posted in General Discussion

Hey, I wasn't too sure where I could write this so I thought this community section was the best bit. I was just wondering how you guys deal with the issue of whether the vocab (for eg the vocab that you save in your vocab, away from the dialogue) remember/recognise if it is a adj/noun/verb etc... I constantly have problems in using adjectives as verbs and nouns as verbs 等等。I did give a suggestion a while back if one of chinesepods future modifications could include a small section, like next to the word descriptions saying adj/v/n/adv but no changes have been made yet. Is there any chance you may be able to do this for lessons in the future chinesepod?

The hardest is when I look over old vocab I have saved from months ago, and then I try and use the new words but my teacher tells me off for using them wrongly. Hope it won't be too much of a big deal, it would be soo helpful.


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January 25, 2010, 04:19 PM

The problem is that the distinctions are not as clear in Chinese as they are in Germanic or Romanic languages.

John wrote about this here

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February 06, 2010, 03:27 PM

Interesting article, thanks for the link henning!

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February 07, 2010, 07:33 AM

Hi philipjd

Chinese parts of speech are very "flexible". For example, "漂亮" (beautiful) is obviously an adjective, but it is sometimes used as a noun, as is seen in the title of the article below.

漂亮是我的优势 ("Beautiful" is my strong point)

I guess it might be a shortened form of (长得)漂亮是我的优势, and the subject "长得漂亮" is a noun phrase here.

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February 07, 2010, 03:51 PM

This adds to the case against single-word flashcards. After thinking about it in the context of the above, does anyone disagree with this?

Read and listen to whole lessons as soon as possible, for now simply accepting whatever usages occur. These readings could be scheduled very well by a flashcard program, of course.