Author: SEARU

What is 道 in Chinese? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2018-5-12 06:25:12 |Display all floors
ledlight365 Post time: 2018-5-11 09:05
my pleasure.

It help me to improve English, and help you to develop the forum. Benefit each othe ...

Dellighted to see your feedback!
Speaking in powerful simple words. So nice to meet you. New blood to the debating platform!
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Post time 2018-5-12 06:43:18 |Display all floors
The curved outlook of the first part of 道 tells us that the path we have chosen is always not direct! ------------That seems like the weather! It is normal we meet with raining,wind even storm,lightning and thundering besides mostly with sunlight!
Personally I think the character 乡(countyside)is more reasonable for paths in the mountain-area where all roads go like snake! ------------Our reality looks like TV-drama with so many touching stories!
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Post time 2018-5-12 13:44:40 |Display all floors
SEARU Post time: 2018-5-6 16:56
One foreign reporter wanted to fool our former Premier Mr. Zhou: "Road is built for human to walk on ...

I think the horse-path mean the road is wide enough for horse to run. Haha!

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Post time 2018-5-12 17:26:24 |Display all floors
taotaobaby Post time: 2018-5-12 13:44
I think the horse-path mean the road is wide enough for horse to run. Haha!

In fact in countryside farmers often call the narrow routes among the fields as ‘earth-path’ which are about one-meter wide or so; Only the official wide parth could be fit for the title of road which must be at least three-meter wide letting two horse-driven carts passing through in different directions! For this reason the human-path really something to do with horse but now it is rare to this kind of beast running against the powerful cars!
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Post time 2018-5-13 06:32:44 |Display all floors
Good post Searu! I enjoyed reading it. Getting a feel for the way the Chinese language is designed. It is unlike the others I have come across.
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SEARU Post time: 2018-5-6 17:16
We usually call road as ‘马路(Ma-lu) " which means ‘horse-way’ if word to word although that i ...

I know. But "Marx" has nothing to do with horses or roads. You misinterpret his name because you give a German name a Chinese misinterpretation. This is the same as saying "Chinese dragon" comes from the English word "long".

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SEARU Post time: 2018-5-6 17:16
We usually call road as ‘马路(Ma-lu) " which means ‘horse-way’ if word to word although that i ...

I know. But I still do not agree that the surname "Marx" is appropriately rendered in Mandarin as "horse". The German name "Marx" has nothing to do with the Chinese word "ma". It is a mere homophonic coincidence. In linguistics, this is called "false friends". It is the same mistake as saying the Chinese word for "dragon" comes from the English word "long" as in "long holidays".

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