4 In Chinese Novels

Adding a language notebook

After 8 Korean language notebooks and 2 (or is it 3) Japanese language notebooks, I’ve recently started a Mandarin Chinese notebook! ?

While Mandarin is my mother tongue, it is (unfortunately) not my strongest language. When it comes to writing and speaking, I tend to use the more simplified and casual terms and I’m not too familiar with the more academic or formal style of writing. Simply put, there is room for improvement.

So I’ve started a notebook to read more articles and write down the tough words I come across. ?

This year, I’ve been very very interested to delve deeper in the Chinese language, to look at the literature, the poems, the history etc.

Being obsessed with interested in both modern and period romance novels, I have come across and learnt some famous poetry lines such as:

  • 执子之手 与子偕老
  • 只愿君心似我心 定不负相思意
  • 愿得一心人 白头不相离

(I think I’ll be ? if a guy tells me these hahaha. Ok nvm)

I’ll always check on Baidu (these days I feel like I use it more than Google ?) for the meanings but I always wanted to find a book that explains all these poetry and teach me more!

So glad to have found the book above!!

In this book, the original poem of each famous line is included, together with an analysis and explanation about the poem. SO COOL.

I love knowing the origins of each of these lines. ????

I’m also writing personal  favourite ones in a notebook, including notes and difficult words. (: Referred to both the book and Baidu for more comprehensive explanations. Spent an hour or so on it today and I feel really really happy.

Haven’t felt so relaxed and happy in a while.


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    17 October, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Hi Shanna! I’ve been stalking, I mean reading, your blog for a few months know and this is my first time commenting. First of all, I just want to say that I love your blog and that it has helped me quite a lot on my Korean learning journey.

    Regarding Chinese literature, poetry and the like, I used to hate having to learn about it in class and being tested on it in exams. I felt like I was being forced to learn all this boring stuff I was never going to use anyways. And memorizing the 注釋 as well as the 本文 was such a pain. Then again, I highly doubt I would have studied it at all if I had not been “forced” to. After all, I didn’t even know what 井底之蛙 meant until the sixth grade haha.

    Now that I no longer have to study Chinese in a school setting, I’ve finally started to appreciate the beauty of this language. Haha, I’d definitely be ? if a guy told me that line too. I used to really 排斥 (sorry my English is kind of rusty from lack of use) resources in simplified Chinese characters simply because I was prejudiced against it. But I finally came to my senses and discovered that there is a wealth of information available on baidu as well as other sources in simplified Chinese. I guess I have Korean variety shows to thank for that because simplified Chinese subtitles are preferable to no subtitles.?

    I apologize for the way too lengthy comment, and thank you so much for documenting your language learning journey as well as for helping others on similar journeys.

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      19 October, 2016 at 12:19 AM

      Hi Shawn! hahaha thanks for stalking 😛 Same here, when I was studying Chinese in school, it never quite occurred to me to put in more effort beyond studying for exams and knowing what is required. I wish I had done more last time! Learning foreign languages has also made me appreciate my own native tongues a lot more too!
      Hope you are having fun learning Korean (:

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      19 October, 2016 at 1:18 AM

      I actually just started learning Mandrian about 4 months ago. I never know exactly what to put in my language learning notebooks. Im almost done with my 3rd or 4th korean notebook and restarted my Japanese notebook because the paper was too thin for the type of pins I prefer to use. Is it possible for you to do a post or video about how you organize your notes?

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        23 October, 2016 at 11:37 AM

        I did a few videos and posts before! (: can search korean notebook on my blog ^^ But I’ll probably write something on that again soon!

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