Learning the Chinese commercial letters requires analytical approach to the material learnt and structurization of the learnt information.

 

The more understandable text the less effort is spent on its learning. Analytical structurization helps to choose the shortest way of achieving methodological targets: learning or teaching the Chinese language.

 

Let us have a look at the example of the Chinese commercial letter and how it might be sructurized methodologically.

 

It is very useful to print the main text in a twenty-point size. This size makes the text more readable and creates a positive perception by learners.

 

Pretty essential is splitting the text in small paragraphs with indentions. Intervals between the paragraphs and indentions at the beginning of each line create the feeling of lightness and airiness of the text.

 

Such text lay out also creates the curiosity and immediate wish for learning such kind of material.

 

THE SAMPLE OF THE CHINESE COMMERCIAL EMAIL

 

您好,

很高兴能收到您的邮件!如果您想要什么产品的话,我建议您把您所要产品的名称及详细规格报价所需要的详细信息发过来,我们会尽快的给您一个满意的价格。

 

因为现在的市场行情每天都在变化,若给您一个笼统的价格也没什么意义。

 

我相信我能给您一个满意的答复!非常希望能与您合作!

刘汉刚。

 

SYNTAGMAS OF THE TEXT

 

Splitting the text into syntagmas is useful for methodological reasons: short syntagmas are followed by a shorter wording entry and thus, make learning process less tiresome.

 

1 您好,很高兴能收到您的邮件!

2 如果您想要什么产品的话,

3 我建议您把您所要产品的名称

4 及详细规格报价所需要的

5 详细信息发过来,

6 我们会尽快的给您一个满意的价格。

7 因为现在的市场行情每天都在变化,

8 若给您一个笼统的价格也没什么意义。

9 我相信我能给您一个满意的答复!

10 非常希望能与您合作!刘汉刚。

 

 

PARTS OF SENTENCES AND WORD TRANSLATION

 

Each syntagma is followed by a word for word translation. Translation of each word is very essential both for learners and the beginning Chinese language teachers.

 

Learners spend less effort while learning new words and avoid wasting time searching for new terms and expressions in dictionaries.

 

Beginning teachers gain more opportunity for methodological preparation for the lesson and thinking over effectiveness of the teaching process.

 

1 您好,很高兴能收到您的邮件!

您好  nínhǎo hello

hěn very

高兴 gāoxìng glad

néng can

收到 shōudào receive

您的 nínde your

邮件 yóujiàn mail

 

2 如果您想要什么产品的话,

如果…的话  rúguǒ… dehuà if

如果  rúguǒ in case

nín you

想要 xiǎngyào desire

什么 shénme something

产品 chǎnpǐn goods

的话 dehuà if

 

3 我建议您把您所要产品的名称

wǒ I

建议 jiànyì recommend

nín you

bǎ marker for direct object

nín you

所要产品的 suǒyào chǎnpǐnde required goods

suǒ particle introducing a relative clause

yào want

产品 chǎnpǐn goods

de possessive, modifying, or descriptive particle

名称 míngchēng name

 

4 及详细规格报价所需要的

jí and

详细 xiángxì detailed

规格 guīgé specification

报价 bàojià quoted price

所需要的 suǒ xūyàode required

suǒ particle introducing a relative clause

需要 xūyào require

de possessive, modifying, or descriptive particle

 

5 详细信息发过来,

详细 xiángxì detailed

信息 xìnxī information

发过来 fāguòlái send me

fā send out

过来 guòlái handle

 

6 我们会尽快的给您一个满意的价格。

我们 wǒmen we

  huì can

尽快 jǐnkuài as quickly as possible

de possessive, modifying, or descriptive particle

gěi give

nín you

一个 yīgè a, an

满意 mǎnyì satisfied

de possessive, modifying, or descriptive particle

价格 jiàgé price

 

7 因为现在的市场行情每天都在变化,

因为 yīnwèi owing to

现在 xiànzài nowadays

de possessive, modifying, or descriptive particle

市场 shìchǎng market

行情 hángqíng market price

每天 měitiān every day

dōu entirely

在变化 zàibiànhuà is changing

zài particle indicating an action in progress

变化 biànhuà change

 

8 若给您一个笼统的价格也没什么意义。

ruò if

gěi give

nín you

一个 yīgè a, an

笼统 lǒngtǒng general

de possessive, modifying, or descriptive particle

价格 jiàgé price

yě also

没什么 méishénme  (idiom) never mind; it’s nothing

意义 yìyì significance

 

9 我相信我能给您一个满意的答复!

wǒ I

相信 xiāngxìn be convinced

wǒ I

néng can

gěi give

  nín you

一个 yīgè a, an

满意的 mǎnyìde satisfactory

满意 mǎnyì satisfy

de possessive, modifying, or descriptive particle

答复 dáfù answer

 

10 非常希望能与您合作!刘汉刚。

非常 fēicháng very

希望 xīwàng   hope

néng can

yǔ together with

nín you

合作 hézuò cooperate

刘汉刚 liúhàngāng Chinese personal name

liú surname Liu, fringe

hàn Chinese

gāng strong

 

 

LIST OF USED CHARACTERS

 

Knowing the meaning of each Chinese character is absolutely significant, especially at the initial stage of the Chinese language learning. Pay attention to not overloading each character with the meanings.

 

One meaning per each Chinese character is quite enough at the starting point of learning. In case the Chinese character is met for the first time the mind needs to create and link the writing of the Chinese character with one of its meanings.

 

Other meanings of the same Chinese character can be presented during the following lessons when this character is met in the new contexts.

 

 

1   bǎ  marker for direct-object

2  bào  report

3   biàn  change

4   chǎn  produce

5   cháng  often

6   chǎng  ground

7   chēng  call

8   dá  answer

9   dào arrive

10   de  possessive, modifying, or descriptive particle

11   dōu  entirely

12   fā  send out

13   fēi  wrong

14   fù  reply

15   gāng  strong

16   gāo  tall

17   gé  check

18   gè  classifier for people or objects in general

19   gěi  give

20   guī  rule

21   guǒ  fruit

22   guò  pass through

23  hàn  Chinese

24   háng  place

25   hǎo  good

26   hé  join

27   hěn  very

28   huà  change

29   huà  if

30   huì  can

31   jí  and

32   jià  price

33   jiàn  build

34   jiàn  correspondence

35   jǐn  most

36   kuài  fast

37   lái  come

38   liú  surname Liu, fringe

39   lǒng  cover

40  mǎn  full

41  me  what, interrogative particle

42  méi  not

43   měi  every

44   men  plural marker for pronouns

45   míng  name

46   néng  can

47   nín  you

48   pǐn  article

49   qíng  feeling

50  rú  if

51   ruò  if

52   shén  what

53  shì  city

54   shōu  accept

55   suǒ  particle introducing a relative clause

56   tiān  sky

57   tǒng  command

58   wàng  hope

59   wèi  for

60   wǒ  I

61   xī  breath

62   xī  hope

63  xì  thin

64   xiàn  present

65   xiāng  mutually

66   xiáng  detailed

67   xiǎng  think

68   xìn  believe

69   xìng  prosper

70   xū  need

71   yào  want

72   yě  also

73   yī  one

74   yì  meaning

75   yì  meaning

76   yì  opinion

77   yīn  because

78   yóu  post

79   yǔ  together with

80   zài  particle indicating an action in progress

81   zuò  work

 

 

DECOMPOSITION OF THE CHINESE CHARACTERS – SKILLS AND EFFECTS

 

Learning decomposition of the Chinese characters form the Chinese character stable perception habits and its immediate cognition in other contexts.

 

Moreover, the Chinese language teacher will be saved from inventing different kind of associations of the Chinese character with its meaning.

 

The easiest way to learn complicated Chinese characters with abstract meanings is analysis of such characters from the point of view of its decomposition – learning all components and radicals with all their readings and meanings.

 

The Chinese character decomposition and analysis requires knowing of radicals. The Chinese radicals are learnt at the introductory lessons once and forever. It is like the alphabet which is learnt only once.

 

Evaluation and recognition of the Chinese character from the point of view of its structural analysis and decomposition creates stable writing habits and immediate perception of the Chinese character in different contexts.

 

The example of the Chinese character decomposition – the decomposition of the Chinese character  意  yì  “meaning”:

 

音  yīn sound

立  lì stand

亠  tóu lid

丶  zhǔ dot

一  yī one

丷  bā eight

一  yī one

曰  yuē say

冂  jiōng down box

二  èr two

心  xīn heart

丿  piě slash

乚  yǐ second

丶  zhǔ dot

丶  zhǔ dot

 

音立亠丶一丷一曰冂二 心丿乚丶丶

 

USEFUL LINKS

 

 

More Chinese commercial, marketing, financial and contract texts for reading are available on Polina Shinkina’s Author Spotlight Page http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/polina985

 

The Chinese Character Decomposition Guidance is available on http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/the-chinese-character-decomposition-guidance/18847104

 

 

 

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