复习

0312月07

To encourage conversation in the class, our teacher had adopted this strategy of giving the class a topic to discuss with partners for a couple of minutes at the beginning of the class, after which, some of the classmates who had more interesting things to say than others would enlighten the rest of class with their news or information. In this vein, our Chinese class on Thursday was extremely interesting because the topic was “最难和最喜欢的语法点” (The most difficult and most liked grammar points [in Chinese].”

Just like this paper here, which is excellent catharsis for the Chinese student, by the way, we talked about the three kinds of de (的, 地, 得) and how it’s extremely difficult to tell which to put where when writing Chinese out, how to figure out where to correctly put and where to omit the infamous 了, the novelty of the Chinese “Directional” and “Resultative” complements such as: 进来 (to enter and come in) and 做好 (to have finished doing [well]), especially when they get into their complex forms such as 爬上山上去 (climb up the mountain [away from the speaker]) and 感受到过 (to have had the experience of having experienced, felt or sensed). There was so much release of pent up frustration in that third year Chinese class with all the students having had to deal with their complex grammatical patterns on top of the tones and the characters – it was amusing. There was also a short debate between the teacher and one of the students about whether English really had “true” resultative complements like Chinese did (“shot dead” in competition with 枪死).

All in all, a really good recap of the majority of the difficult grammar in Chinese and it did helped enormously as far as getting clear about when to use the various resultative complements like 到, 见, 完, 成, 懂, etc. was concerned. There was also a short section on the favorite grammar points (stuff like “A 是 A”, i.e., “it’s A all right, but…”), but arguably the 难懂 part was more fun.

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