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The Theocratic Chinese Podcast

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The Chinese word for God is 上帝. Shang is spelled shang. The ‘a’ is prounced like ‘awe’ as in awesome. a. ang. 上

Chinese is a toned language, that means you pronounce every syllable with a tone that can affect its meaning. 上 has to be said with a falling tone, it’s like when you say “NO!” – that’s the falling tone. No! 上.

When you spell, you indicate the falling tone by marking a downward tick on top of the ‘a’, from the top left to the bottom right. That’s called the tone mark. So shang is spelled s-h, a with a falling tone mark, n-g.

帝 is spelled di. It’s also pronounced with the falling tone. 帝. So it’s spelled di with a falling tone mark on the i. You know that the lowercase i has a dot? If you mark a tone mark on the i, you just replace the dot with the tone mark.

Together, it’s 上帝。 Spelled shangdi. 上帝 means God.

What’s God?

上帝

What are the tones?

Falling, falling 上帝

And how do you spell it?

Shang with falling tone mark on the a, and di, with falling tone mark on the i. 上帝

Jehovah is 耶和华. It’s made of three parts.

The first part, 耶 is spelled ye, it’s pronounced like the ‘ye’ in ‘yes.’ 耶. It’s pronounced with a high, flat tone, as if you are singing and holding a note. 耶. When someone complains to you, and you want to dismiss him, you say ‘Yeah, yeah…’ ‘Yeah, yeah’ it’s the same tone as the first ‘Yeah’. 耶. It’s spelled YE, and you indicate this high, flat tone by drawing a horizontal bar on top of the e, that’s the flat tone mark.

The second part, 和 is spelled he. This ‘e’ sound is tricky – it’s not the same as the e in ye. It’s the sound you make when you see something disgusting – urgh!!! that’s gross! Urgh! Add an h in front of it. Hurgh. 和. 和 is pronounced with a rising tone, like asking a question: what?? what?? 和. The voice slides up. 和. You spell it he, you indicate the tone by adding a upward tick on the e, from the bottom left to the top right. 和。

The third part, 华 is spelled hua. 华. It’s also a rising tone. 华. What? 华. It’s spelled hua, with a rising tone mark on the a.

Altoghether, God’s name is 耶和华. Spelled ye, flat tone, he, rising tone, hua, rising tone. 耶和华。

What’s God’s name?

耶和华

What are the tones?

high flat, rising, rising 耶和华. You can remember this as “Jehovah is high up there, and is rising and rising”. 耶和华。

What’s God?

上帝

What are the tones?

falling, falling 上帝. You can remember it as, since God is judge, he strikes the court mallet downward twice, so 2 falling tones. 上帝。

What’s Jehovah God?

耶和华上帝

What are the tones?

耶和华 is flat, rising, rising, and 上帝 is falling, falling

Perfect.

Name is 名字。

名 is spelled ming, rising tone. 名

字 is spelled and zi, but it’s pronounced very lightly, without any tones, so there is no tone mark. We call it the neutral tone. 字。

Altogether, 名字 is spelled ming, rising tone, and zi neutral tone. 名字 It means name.

What’s name?

名字

What are the tones?

rising, neural 名字。

What’s God?

上帝。

What are the tones? remember, he is judge…

falling, falling 上帝。

If want to say God’s name, you can say 上帝的名字。 The English apostrophe s is expressed with the Chinese word 的。spelled de, neutral tone. 的

How do you say God’s name?

上帝的名字

What are the tones?

falling, falling, neutral, second neural 上帝的名字。

How do you say Jehovah’s name?

耶和华的名字

Perfect.

是 spelled shi, falling tone, means is. 是 means is. Shi is tricky to pronounce. Can you say masage? take the last sound ‘ge’, and add a ‘sh’ in front. ge. shi. shi. Add the falling tone, like you mean it! 是.

How do you say Jehovah?

耶和华

How do you say God?

上帝

How do you say Jehovah is God? remember, is is 是。

耶和华是上帝

How do you say God is Jehovah?

上帝是耶和华

How do you say God’s name?

上帝的名字

How do you say Jehovah?

耶和华

How do you say God’s name is Jehovah?

上帝的名字是耶和华。

How do you say Jehovah is God?

耶和华是上帝。

How do you say Jehovah is God’s name?

耶和华是上帝的名字。

Perfect.

Teacher is 老师

老 is spelled lao. This is pronounced with a low flat tone. 老. Remember “Yeah yeah” It’s second yeah. 老. Some people teach that the third tone falls and then rises, but that’s not true. It’s simply a flat, low tone. Listen. 老。老。 The tone mark is a downward cheveron, it loos like a letter v. We mark it on the a. So 老 is spelled l-a-o, with a v on top of the a.

师 is spelled shi. This is pronounced with a the high flat tone. 老师. So it’s spelled shi, with a bar on top of the i, indicating a high, flat tone.

If you find it tricky to distinguish the low flat tone and the high flat tone, try this. Sing the wedding march. duh duh duh… The first two notes are the low flat tone and the high flat tone. 老师师师。老师。老师 means teacher.

How do you say teacher?

老师

What are the tones?

Low flat, high flat. You can remember that the teacher is getting married, and start humming the wedding march. 老师师师。 老师。

How do you say Jehovah?

耶和华。

What are the tones?

high flat, rising, rising. 耶和华

How do you say the teacher is Jehovah?

耶和华是老师。

Perfect.

我 means I. It’s spelled wo, low tone. 我。 It doesn’t go down and up. It stays low and flat at the bottom. 我.

How do you say I?

How do you spell it?

wo

Which tone?

low tone. 我. You can remember that as, I must remain humble and lowly. therefore the low tone. 我

How do you say teacher?

老师

Which tones? Remember the wedding march…

low flat, high flat 老师

How do you say, I am a teacher?

我是老师。

Which tones?

Low flat, falling, low flat, high flat 我是老师。

One is 一个

一 is spelled yi, rising tone, 一,

个 is spelled ge, falling tone, 个.

一个 means one.

How do you say one?

一个

What are the tones?

Rising, falling. 一个

How do you say God?

上帝

What are the tones? Remember, God is the judge…

falling, falling. 上帝

How do you say one God?

一个上帝

What are the tones?

Rising, falling, falling, falling. 一个上帝

Perfect.

How do you say I am a teacher. One teacher.

我是一个老师。

How do you say God’s name?

上帝的名字。

The tones?

上帝 is falling, falling, 的 is neutral, and 名字 is rising neutral.

Now, how do you say, MY name?

我的名字。

Excellent job if you got that one right! But what are the tones?

Low, neutral, rising, neutral.

How do you say, my name is Jon?

我的名字是Jon。

Great. How do you say God’s name is Jehovah?

上帝的名字是耶和华。

Excellent! Now you can tell everyone about it :)

This concludes the lesson. See you next time. Bye!


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