👋 Welcome to this week’s issue of the Giant Mandarin newsletter. This week I cover words on the topic of politics. I also include my thoughts on the importance of celebrating the progress you’ve made in learning Chinese.
- 政治 zhèngzhì - politics; political
- 政府 zhèngfǔ - government
- 大选 dàxuǎn - general election
- 投票 tóupiào - to vote; vote
多数 duōshù - majority; most
大多数 dàduōshù - vast majority
少数 shǎoshù - minority
极少数 jíshǎoshù - small minority
党 dǎng - (political) party
政党 zhèngdǎng - political party
- 总统 zǒngtǒng - president (of a country)
- 总理 zǒnglǐ - prime minister; premier
派 pài - faction; school of thought; group; to assign; to dispatch
左派 zuǒpài - (political) left; left wing
右派 yòupài - (political) right; right wing
- 保守 bǎoshǒu - conservative
- 进步 jìnbù - progress; to progress; (politically) progressive
主义 zhǔyì - -ism
民主主义 mínzhǔ zhǔyì - democracy
保守主义 bǎoshǒu zhǔyì - conservatism
进步主义 jìnbù zhǔyì - progressivism
自由主义 zìyóu zhǔyì - liberalism
爱国主义 àiguó zhǔyì - patriotism
🧗♀️ The challenges of learning Chinese
Learning Chinese is hard. Learning and retaining words and characters, grammar structures, tones, pronunciations and everything else can be a real challenge.
I think we’ve all felt feelings of frustration, loss of motivation and questioned the whole endeavour of learning Chinese at one or more times. To this end, it’s important to have ways to address these feelings to avoid burnout and stay motivated.
One way to do that is to celebrate the progress you’ve made.
🎉 Celebrating the wins
This means celebrating the big wins:
- Progressing to a higher grade
- Finishing your existing textbook and starting a new one
- Passing a certain level of a proficiency test
But it also means recognising those smaller moments which make you realize how much progress you’ve made:
- Understanding more when you watch a Chinese-language TV show or movie
- Recognizing more characters on menus and signs
- Being able to better understand what others are saying
- Blazing through a passage that you realize would have previously taken you 10-times longer to read
🌱 Reflecting on the progress you’ve made
Sometimes it’s easy to focus too much on where we’re heading rather than how far we’ve come, as we’re constantly shifting the goal posts. Some questions to ask yourself:
- What big wins have you had while learning Chinese in the last year or since you started?
- When learning Chinese or applying your skills in the real world, what do you take for granted now that would have previously been challenging?
MacroPolo (https://macropolo.org/), the in-house think tank of the Paulson Institute (https://www.paulsoninstitute.org/), which focusses on producing analysis of political economy, technology and energy in the context of China, US-China relations and China’s role in global affairs.
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Thanks for reading and see you next Thursday!