(English translation below)
(En español abajo)
This is my first blog post in Chinese.
I have been studying Chinese for a year.
I memorized a phrasebook.
Every day I learnt 10 phrases.
My name is Deng Baorui (that’s my Chinese name).
I’m from Sydney, Australia.
My first language is English.
I also studied French and Spanish.
I only know some Chinese characters.
Este es mi primer blog post en chino.
Estoy estudiando chino por un año.
He memorizado un libro de frases.
Todas las dias he aprendado 10 frases.
Me llamo Deng Baorui (ese es mi nombre chino).
Vivo en Sydney, Australia.
Mi primer idioma es inglés.
Yo he estudiado francés y español tambien.
No conozco muchos caracteres chinos.
Following on from yesterday’s post, I was reading an article in WA Today and came across the Latin phrase sui generis.
Literally, this means “of its own kind; unique”. It was being used in a legal sense, so it means “when a special and unique interpretation of a case or authority is found to be necessary”. (Wikipedia).
sui = of itself
generis comes from genus = kind or type
“Unique” itself comes from Latin and means “the only one of its kind”.
Uni is a Latin prefix (letters added (or fixed) to the beginning of a word to change its meaning) that means “one”.
Other words that start with uni include;
unicellular – consisting of one cell
unicorn – one horn
unicycle – one wheel
uniform – one form, the same
unify – to make or become one
unilateral – from or to one side
union – two or more things joined into one
unison – literally “one sound”, unison means being together in harmony at the same time.
unite – to join together or combine into one.
unity – oneness, being one.
universe – the whole of creation, from the Latin universus which means “combined into one.”
I saw this post on https://peakmemory.me/ . In Anglo-Saxon English I agree whole-heartedly. In Graeco-Latinate English I concur completely.
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Source: Memory and lexical apartheid