Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Backstage of the Chinese Commercial Correspondence

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.






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。

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

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

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    yì  “meaning”:

  yīn sound
  lì stand
  tóu lid
  zhǔ dot
  yī one
  bā eight
  yī one
  yuē say
  jiōng down box
  èr two
  xīn heart
丿  piě slash
  yǐ second
  zhǔ dot
  zhǔ dot

音立亠丶一丷一曰冂二 心丿乚丶丶


More Chinese commercial, marketing, financial and contract texts for reading are available on Polina Shinkina’s Author Spotlight Page

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