So, you want to learn Chinese? Or maybe you're still thinking about it. Either way, you've come to the right place!
Our mission at Juicy Mandarin is to ensure that you LOVE the process of learning Chinese, because here's a little secret: that process never really ends. Sure, you might advance to the point of fluency and have the vocabulary and confidence to converse freely in Chinese, but there is always room for improvement (even among native Chinese speakers). Just remember: even the brightest simultaneous interpreter in the world has to practice using each language daily to maintain near-perfect fluency.
In language learning -- and especially with Chinese -- the process is not a means to an end. It is the end. The process is always the goal. So instead of hating or dreading the process, why not learn to LOVE it?
Thankfully, Chinese makes that easy for us. See, once you build a strong foundation in Chinese, it becomes progressively easier to improve with much less effort on your part. Learning new, complex or technical terms actually becomes relatively simple. In fact, once you progress to intermediate/advanced Chinese proficiency, you may even be able to guess various technical terms just by combining simple characters that make logical sense.
'Solar energy' in Chinese, for example, is literally "sun energy", or 太阳能 tàiyáng néng (the word for 'sun' 太阳 plus the word for 'energy' 能). Similarly, 'hydropower' in Chinese is the word for 'water' (水) plus the word for 'energy' (能). It's literally "water energy" (水能 shuǐ néng). Easy, right?
We'll share plenty of other examples like this in our future posts and teach you tricks to recognize patterns in the language (did you know, for example, that 主义 zhǔyì in Chinese translates as '-ism' in English? Patriotism = 爱国主义 / Capitalism = 资本主义 / Socialism = 社会主义 / Realism = 现实主义... and on and on and on).
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