|This is my favourite Mag:|
A good mix of fashion/ art/ design
So I got a Chinese men’s magazine, there's an impressive range of Mens (and Womens) magazines at Kinokuniya, in the Sydney CBD. Little did I know this would be the beginning of a very rough few weeks!
Open To Page One
I was having such a hard time, I was struggling through every article and it would take me 40min to work though a single paragraph! I thought to myself “this is a fashion magazine! I usually find fashion magazines bland and simple- surely things can’t be that different in Chinese”. The worse I got the less confident I became in myself.
Now this is probably a lesion for all of you out there; As it turns out such Fashion magazines are not exactly made ‘for the masses’ (大众化) as they are in Western cultures. Chinese magazines seem to be a self indulgent exercise in the literary finesse of the Chinese language to add an extra layer of decadence to the fact anyone buying the article has any leisure time to speak of to engage in the act of reading a magazine… let alone the education to understand the language that is used.
That said, these magazines are widely distributed and surely, only a certain demographic would be interested, but anyone could pick one up and make sense of it. What is at play here is the shift in Chinese Middle class, mixed the esteem and pride they have in their own language in it's written form.
The Moral Of The Story
|Or branch out with|
one don't know
|Pick one you might |
read in English
My tutor recommended a novel. Unlike a magazine or newspaper that use specific language- or perhaps simply use language differently- certain novels are designed to flow well and have a simplicity in language they is less about culturally laden expressions, or 成语 style phrases, they can often express a real way that language is used in everyday China.