Adjectives are words that describe the qualities or states of being of nouns: enormous, doglike, silly, yellow, fun, fast. They can also describe the quantity of nouns: many, few, millions. Without adjectives, the world becomes colourless or even full of darkness. Learning adjective of a new language can help you see the deeper side of the culture.
Last time, I mentioned that there are six forming ways of Chinese character. The most basic one is Pictogram like the characters sun 日, moon 月, river 川, they are all related to nature. It is easy to understand why, for the ancient people drew / wrote what they saw (pictures). The pictures were continuously evolving and in the end they became the present Chinese characters.
Writing a Chinese character is like drawing a picture. Learning the basic strokes is the first step of writing Chinese characters. The character 永 consists of the basic eight strokes. If you can write it in a correct way, you will draw a good picture of Chinese character.
You may know that there is a year cycle of Chinese year. It is related to Chinese Zodiac or 12 Zodiac animals. The animals in the year order are Rat 鼠, Ox 牛, Tiger 虎, Hare 兔, Dragon 龍, Snake 蛇, Horse 馬, Goat 羊, Monkey 猴, Rooster 雞, Dog 狗 and Boar 豬. After finishing one cycle, the next year will start another cycle. This year (2018) is “Dog” year. Next year (2019) is “”Boar” year and the year of 2020 will return to “Rat”.
I found a video “Story of the Chinese Zodiac” on YouTube . If you are interested in it, you can click in and take a look.
When learning a new language, we probably learn the numbers first, for we can actually use the numbers when we go shopping. For Cantonese, we have another important reason to learn numbers first. If we can speak the right tones of the numbers (3-9-4-0-5-2-7-8-6), we are probably able to master the “tone” system of Cantonese.