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several Chinese verbs for playing music instruments

Dear friends,
We will introduce some Chinese verbs (characters) for "play" the music instruments like piano (keyboard), guitar, violin, and wind instruments. For examples: 

play piano 彈鋼琴, play guitar 彈吉他, play violin 拉小提琴, play the flute 吹笛子, etc. Please watch the following video for the lesson today:

The 1st verb:
play keyboard instrument
彈 tán
play piano 彈鋼琴 tán gāng-qín
彈(play) + 鋼琴(piano)

The example phrase:
She plays the piano very well. 她很會彈鋼琴 Tā hěn huì tán gāng-qín
她(she) + 很會(very good at) + 彈鋼琴(play piano)
the adverb:
very good at something 很會 hěn huì
很(very) + 會(able, know how)
Please check the analysis of the phrases and vocabulary of this lesson via my site:

The 2nd verb:
pluck or play string instrument 彈 tán
play guitar 彈吉他 tán jí-tā
彈(play) + 吉他(guitar)
note: the 1st and 2nd verbs are the same character 彈(tán) which is generally used when "pluck, play" stringed instruments with fingers or plectrum.
The example phrase:

正在 in process of action and location

Dear friends,
Here is the 2-character modern Chinese word 正在(in process of certain action and location) for this lesson. We are going to learn this word from some example phrases. Please watch the following video instruction for the lesson today:

Let's study the first phrase:
They are working.
他們正在工作 Tā-men zhèng-zài gōng-zuò
他們(they) + 正在(in process of) + 工作(work)
the 2-character word:
they 他們 tā-men
is noun of a group of people
and the 2-character word:
work 工作 gōng-zuò
can be used as a verb "work" or noun "job, work"
Now here is the 2-character word:
in process of 正在 zhèng-zài
when  正在 + verb, it's just like "be + verb+ing" in English.
for example:
正在(in process of) + 工作(work)
is like "be + working" the Present Progressive Tense in English sentence.

So far we only introduce the action of the 正在(in process of), and it could also contain the function of a location adverb 在(zài  at, in, on) which is always the same character and pronunciation i…

some quotes about dreams, happiness, challenges and faith

Dear friends,
We are going to learn some quotes with the 2-character Chinese words like 夢想(dreams), 堅持(insist), 分享(share), 快樂(happiness), 朋友(friends), 挑戰(challenge), 勇敢(brave), 信念(faith), 克服(overcome)...etc. Please watch the following video for the lesson today:

The first phrase:
pursuit of dreams
追求夢想 zhuī-qiú mèng-xiǎng
追求(pursue) + 夢想(dream)
the 2-character Chinese verb:
pursue 追求 zhuī-qiú
追(chase) + 求(request)
and the 2-character Chinese noun (also verb):
dream 夢想 mèng-xiǎng
夢(dream) + 想(think)
Please check the analysis of phrases and vocabulary of this lesson via my database site:

Let's extend the phrase:
Insist on the pursuit of dreams continuously. 堅持繼續追求夢想 Jiān-chí jì-xù zhuī-qiú mèng-xiǎng
堅持(insist) + 繼續(continue) + 追求(pursue) + 夢想(dream)
the 2-character Chinese verb:
insist 堅持 jiān-chí
and the 2-character Chinese verb or adverb:
continue, continuously 繼續 jì-xù
note: about the Chinese adverb, somehow it doesn't change the 2-ch…

princess公主, prince王子, witch巫婆, angel天使

Dear friends,
Here is the Chinese lesson today, we are going to learn the Be verb 是(is, was) with the subjects 他(he) and 她(she). Please watch the following video for the example phrases:

The first phrase 1-1:
She is a princess.
她是公主 Tā shì gōng-zhǔ

她(she) + 是(is) + 公主(princess)
她 tā
is 是 shì
princess 公主 gōng-zhǔ

note: the subject 她(she) is a modern Chinese version, it was appeared in the modern Chinese translation from the western literature, the female subject SHE. In classic Chinese literature there were not much (even none) forms for male and female format nouns and other related verb variations as in English, French or other western languages.
note2: the Be verb 是(is) could be also used as a plural form as "are" in English, or the past tense "was, were" in English. This part of Chinese grammar is quite simple, not much plurality of past tense should be emphasized like the western languages, kind of ambiguous. Isn't it? For example: the Chinese phrase 他(he)是我…