Video Lesson: To eat or not to eat? (Advanced, Module 1)

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  Instructor: Becky Length: 06:09
  Knowledge Point: Words about Eating (Advanced, Module 1)
Vinegar. Bitterness. Losses. What? You want me to eat them all?
Taibangle says
3Q Becky....I just got back from South Florida where  we helped with a Show taking place next week .
I was in a meeting this morning with about 15 - 20 Chinese people and only two western people. Sitting there we  had a translator provided for us..so we could understand everything. Listening to them speak, read documents and disccuse issues related to the show.. This very topic came up ! Suffering, perserverance to reach one's goals. I can see the mind set of Chinese people when they undertake a job, task or an event. They bring to bear a sense of urgency and dedication to the overall end result that is quite remarkable and wonderful. There are many things I learning about China, and it's culture as you teach me to speak. Within the voacabulary, grammar and phrases  I am learning are values that are being transmitted that allow me to reach deeper into myself to complete a task and do so with others just as well.    
Dongyu Offical is a very special place 
and....3Q 
January 7, 2013 Reply
Becky_Chinese Teacher in reply to Taibangle
Hey Taibangle, you know there's a saying: 吃苦耐劳是中华民族的传统美德(chīkǔ nài láo shì zhōnghuá mínzú de chuántǒng měidé). Elders would educate us like this since we are young. 
So glad to see that you can put what you learn here into use. Talking with native Chinese people is a great way to practice. 
January 7, 2013 Reply
Taibangle says
Sheng2 Ju4 Mu4 Duan4...does it mean something like ? If you keep using a small string you can cut down a whole tree.  Or maybe better to say if you persevere, you can finish a great task. Please kindly point out anything not correct :) I still learning...3Q This video helps on so many different levels of our learning. 
I will be out of town for the weekend ...helping with a Show in another city. Be back Monday
Team Dongyu Offical...wo3 xiang3 ni3  :)
January 5, 2013 Reply
Becky_Chinese Teacher in reply to Taibangle
绳锯木断(shéng jù mù duàn) means that if you have patience and perseverance, you'll reach your goal. Your understanding is correct.
January 7, 2013 Reply
Taibangle says
老师早上好 Becky Lǎoshī zǎoshang hǎo
I agree with the above comments concerning the content of this Advanced video to eat or not to eat !
Thought I am not really an advance student I could follow the story here. It is well made so that someone can watch it a few times and get the main idea.
Within the video is much to be learned not just in new vocabulary and sentence structure. But more importantly we get an insight as to how Chinese people in daily conversations express their culture and views on life so well. 
On the surface one might not without your well made explanations learn all that is presented here.
Starting with cu4 and Chi1 cu1 one can see just how eating vinegar is consider another way to talk about the subject of jealousy. This is what I really love about the Chinese language and it's rich ability to express topics on a deeper level. The story from ancient China was fascinating too...his wife was, so amazing ! Fearless...so strong !
The second issue of not confronting others directly and play to one's strength's is very true and expressed and explained clearly with the phrase chi1 da1 kui1 . If someone wants to forego immediate results for long term success it is a valuable life skill: one that is easy to talk about difficult to attain. In this advance lesson one finds just the right words to express that idea in Chi1kui1 shi4 fu2.
It's easy to see how someone's grandparents endured much I have talked to many grannies and listened  to their rich elaborate stories late into the night of how different was their lives. Very inspirational.
The content here is so remarkable your video's are reaching out in ways few are ...very lucky are the ones that find Dongyu Offical.
Ni3 chi1 guo kui1 ma? Ni3 neng2 chi1 ku3 ma?  I have learned to be the kind of person always do the hardest work first... How so, from many many Chinese people working very hard to help me. Gives one , character !  3Q very good video
January 5, 2013 Reply
Becky_Chinese Teacher in reply to Taibangle
From what I see so far, 我觉得(wǒ juéde),你肯定很能吃苦(nǐ kěndìng hěn néng chīkǔ),对吗(duì ma)?
January 7, 2013 Reply
moo84 says
The type of lesson is very interesting. I like it so much.  Please try to make the lesson like this as much as you can.

Thank you
January 3, 2013 Reply
Becky_Chinese Teacher in reply to moo84
你好(nǐ hǎo),moo84!
It's really chearful to see a great comment early in the morning: )  谢谢你(xièxie nǐ),我们会努力(wǒmen huì nǔlì)! Thanks, we'll definately work on it! 
Might I ask, moo84, which part do you find attracts you most? 吃醋(chīcù),吃苦(chīkǔ),还是吃亏(hái shì chīkuī)?
January 4, 2013 Reply
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