Everyday Chinese (Part One)

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Everyday Chinese (Part One)

  1. 1. Lesson 1 The Basic terms (Part 1) 1. 请坐 Q ǐ ng zuò In English: Please sit down Word origin: The character 坐 can be deciphered as 人 (person) and 土 (ground), representing two people sitting on the ground. 2. 男生 Nán sh ē n In English: Boys, men Word origin: The character 男 can be deciphered as 田 (field) and 力 (labor), showing in ancient China, men worked hard for agricultural work. 3. 请问 Q ǐ ng wèn In English: May I ask… Word origin: The character 问 can be deciphered as 门(door) and 口 (mouth), representing “to walk into a door and ask questions.” 4. 休息 Xi ū xí
  2. 2. In English: rest Word origin: The character 休 can be deciphered as 人(person) and 木 (tree), showing in ancient China, the Chinese enjoyed resting under trees. 5. 你好 N ǐ h ǎ o In English: hello Word origin: The character 好 can be deciphered as 女(woman) and 子 (son), showing in ancient China, the Chinese believed women bore boys was good (好 literally means good). 6. 位子 Wèi zi In English: seat Word origin: The character 位 can be deciphered as 人 (person) and 立 (standing), meaning people standing in assigned positions. 7. 美丽 M ě i lì In English: Beauty, beautiful
  3. 3. Word origin: The character 美 can be deciphered as 羊 (sheep) and 大 (big), meaning the Chinese believed a larger amount is considered beautiful. 8. 信息 Xìn xí In English: information Word origin: The character 信 can be deciphered as 人 (person) and 言 (word), meaning if someone is reliable, then his/her words are to be trusted. 信 literally means “to trust, believe” as a verb. 9. 名字 Míng zi In English: name Word origin: The character 字 can be deciphered as 子 (son, phonetic), and 宀 (roof), meaning a name given to a young man. 字 literally means “letter, character, and name.” 10. 爸爸 bà ba In English: father
  4. 4. Word origin: The character 爸 can be deciphered as 父 (father) and 巴 (phonetic), meaning “father.” 11. 妈妈 M ā ma In English: mother Word origin: The character 妈 can be deciphered as 女 (women) and 马 (phonetic), meaning “mother.” 12. 公交车 ch ē In English: bus Word origin: The traditional form of character 车 is a pictograph (車) of chariot viewed from above with wheels at top and bottom. 车 means cars in general. 13. 中国 Zh ō ng kuó In English: China
  5. 5. Word origin: The character 国 can be deciphered as 囗 (encompass) and 玉 (jade), meaning “country, nation.” China was believed to be the central nation of the world. 14. 看见 Kàn jiàn In English: To see Word origin: The character 见 can be deciphered as 目 (eye) and ㄦ (standing person), meaning “to see.” 15. 小姐 Xi ǎ o ji ě In English: Young lady Word origin: The character 姐 can be deciphered as 女 (woman) and 且 (phonetic), meaning “sister or young woman.” 16. 米饭 M ǐ fàn In English: rice Word origin: The character 米 is a pictograph of grains of rice.
  6. 6. 17. 是的 Shì de In English: correct, right, and yes Word origin: The character 是 can be deciphered as 正 (right) and 日 (the light of the day), meaning “correct, right, and yes.” 18. 牛肉 Niú ròu In English: beaf Word origin: The character 肉 is a pictograph of a carcass cut open, meaning “meat, flesh.” 19. 明天 Míng ti ā n In English: tomorrow Word origin: The character 明 can be deciphered as 日 (sun) and 月 (moon), meaning “bright.” 20. 饭馆 Fàn gu ǎ n In English: restaurant
  7. 7. Word origin: The character 馆 can be deciphered as 食 (food) and 官 (officials, phonetic), meaning “restaurant.”

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