User Comments - lunetta
Posted on: Terracotta WarriorsSeptember 29, 2012, 02:54 PM
So, have I understod correctly how to make a descriptive complement by saying 你汉语说得很好？ The pattern is subject + (object) + verb + 得 + (adverb) + adjective, right?
Posted on: What Does This Word Mean?July 18, 2012, 09:07 PM
I disagree with you completely. These four little sentences are a perfect example of student - teacher communication and it pretty much looks like that no matter what the languages involved are.
It's quite natural to have a mix of languages in the communication in the beginning of learning a new language because that's the fastest way to pick up new vocabulary.
As a language teacher myself (I teach Danish as a second language), I always start out with teaching a few survival phrases like these and my students use them all the time.
It actually helps them to communicate more in the language they're learning and it helps to create a safe learning space as well.
Posted on: Seeing off an Old Friend 渭城曲January 28, 2009, 09:09 AM
Great lesson, Pete. It's a great way to be introduced to Chinese poetry.
I like the music in the background very much too and would like to know more about it. What kind of instrument is it and where do I find some nice recordings with it?
Posted on: Will you Marry Me?January 10, 2009, 02:38 PM
I was having a look at the expansion sentences and noticed that the pronounciation of the 逼 in the penultimate sentence is shown to be bì. Shouldn't it be bī? It also sounds like the girl pronounces it bī listening to the audio.
Btw thanks for providing the links to the song. It's always great to get these little tidbits to expand our cultural knowledge.
In Denmark one university especially experienced a lot of problems when Chinese students really began to go outside of China to study. All exams at this school used to be done in groups and the students were required to do a lot of independent work together in these groups. Even for some Danish students this is difficult, first creating the right group, then choosing the right subjects and methods and then writing and presenting the project as a united whole.
For most of the Chinese students this turned out to be a huge culture shock and the university received a lot of complaints from both the Chinese students and the Danish students. It also turned out that a part of the Chinese students didn't actually fulfill the required qualifications and the university also saw a rise in the attempts at cheating.
As a result the university had to make stricter requirements for the Chinese students and create longer introduction courses to ease the cultural shock. On the other hand once the university found a resolution to the problem it has really benefitted from the Chinese students.