Suggested Difficulty (Elementary etc): Intermediate ?
Video or Audio: Video Preferred
Lesson Idea: Hi @Constance_Fang and Team,
大家好！老师们好！I have been learning Mandarin myself by watching TV and films as well as listening to music for a long time. I was raised around Mandarin music and entertainment but I didn’t grow up speaking it as I was raised speaking a less common dialect of Chinese. And since I do not have a solid structure of learning the standard Mandarin (that is of course until I found out about ChinesePod yesterday!!), I therefore also learn in an unchronological way as in there are advanced things I am skilled at and some beginner things I am not so skilled at.
So I want to suggest the teachers a lesson. I’m sorry if this already is a lesson and I just didn’t know. I know in one of the videos it was discussed very briefly. 方老师 and 田老师 explained that 刚 means just (completed an action) but it was completed a little longer ago while 刚刚 means just just as in literally just completed as we speak—it was completed more recent. It would be helpful for me if this could be explained a bit more in detail and I also have ran into 才 when communicating with native speakers from China and Taiwan and also when watching TV. I have put it in a translator and it gave me “just” as well. It makes sense to me (if the translation is correct)! Though, I would like a bit of comparison and more background behind the words. I have also seen 刚才 and thought “What is this!?” I’ve seen both characters with different ones to form a whole different word too (e.g. 刚好，才能，etc…) Do they perhaps have something to do with 刚 and 才 too?
I would just like an explanation, comparison, and a guide to show me how to use these words and such. 谢谢老师们，下次见吧！