Sunday, February 20, 2011
In space, no-one can hear you learn vocabulary
If you're a beginner, the content of this article may be new to you; and even if you're intermediate, then there are probably still words that are new.
Overall in the WordPack context, this is an example of what we discussed recently about being an active learner, when reasonable beavers co-operate.
The root of all time & space
Our starting point is 间 (間) which is pronounced 'jiān'. You can get the full definition at MDBG, but for our purposes, it comes down to "time & space".
When 间 (jiān) is used to mean 'space', these are some of the resulting words:
空间 (kōngjiān) space (literally empty space)
房间 (fángjiān) room (literally house space)
洗手间 (xǐshǒujiān) bathroom (literally wash hands room)
雅间 (yǎjiān) private room
田间 (tiánjiān) farming area / village (literally field space)
When 间 (jiān) is used to mean 'time', these are some of the resulting words:
时间 (shíjiān) time (perhaps literally this is: time space)
日间 (rìjiān) day-time (literally sun time)
夜间 (yèjiān) night-time (literally night time)
北京时间 (Běijīng Shíjiān) Chinese Standard Time
格林尼治标准时间 (Gélínnízhìbiāozhǔnshíjiān) Greenwich Mean Time, GMT (ignore the literal meaning here, this is more of a transliteration)
I've put these into a separate group because they have a bit of an 'angle' on them:
之间 (zhījiān) between
外层空间 (wàicéngkōngjiān) outer space (literally outside stratum empty space)
空间站 (kōngjiānzhàn) space station (literally empty space platform)
网络空间 (wǎngluòkōngjiān) cyberspace
三维空间 (sānwéikōngjiān) three-dimensional space
坐标空间 (zuòbiāokōngjiān) coordinate space (maths)
拓扑空间 (tuòpūkōngjiān) topological space (maths)
How many of these words will you remember next week? Are you really progressing over time?