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Chinese language skills for Britain: Disseminating Best Practice

Reading Tips - Reading Week 7

Would I understand the meaning of a sentence if I check every word in dictionaries? (7)

 When you start reading Chinese newspapers, you will find that there are too many new characters. Looking up new characters in dictionaries can be very tedious. Even if you have checked every character in the article and have made a long vocabulary list, you may still not understand the meaning. That is because you do not know how to group the characters into phrases and sentences.

You should always use your time more efficiently by looking for the so-called “markers”, such as and , which you have learnt in previous lessons.

The basic names of Chinese central and local governments and departments. (7)


People’s Republic of China


Chinese Communist Party Central Committee


 State Council





别行政Special Administrative Zone





The word before the above characters in bold can be names of places, and words after these characters can be titles such as , 主任 or 主席 . For example, 安徽省阜阳县长张小明 Zhang Xiaoming, the head of Fuyang County in Anhui province.


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