字. September 2010

  • jìng - clean; completely

    My parents are coming to stay tomorrow, so I spent some time cleaning the flat. I only realised when looking up this word, that it's not the jìng of 安静. However, it is in a compound meaning 'quiet', 清净.

    他把地板打扫干净。
    He swept the floor clean.

  • 父母

    fùmǔ - parents

    My parents are here to stay for a long weekend.

    我父母在那里。
    My parents are here.

  • yào - key

    My parents got me a new set of keys cut today. They also got me a couple of cool side lamps and loads of new bulbs. 钥匙 is a Smart.fm word, so I have learnt it before.

    别忘了还我钥匙。
    Don't forget to return my keys.

  • 家具

    jiājù - furniture

    My parents and I spent this morning rearranging the furniture in my flat. The main result was that my flat is a big mess, but it should be better in the long run. 家具 is a very handy word, I'm surprised that I hadn't not learnt it before. It literally means 'house tool'. I picked the sentence below because all the furniture in my flat is old and dilapidated. I wish I could throw most of it out.

    咱们把这件老掉牙的旧家具扔掉吧。
    Let's get rid of this old furniture.

  • 书柜

    shūguì - bookcase

    Another domestic word from my parents' visit. Today, I bought a new, larger bookcase. We did also do more interesting things, namely visit Mount Edgecumbe. I particularly like the character 柜, because if you take away the 木 radical, it looks a bit like a what it describes. The only other character I can think of that does this is 伞, umbrella.

    我今天买了一个书柜。
    Today, I bought a bookcase.

  • dào - steal

    I came across this word today in a Popup Chinese discussion about the film, Inception. I didn't understand much of the dialogue, but I could understand all but one word of the name of the film: 盗梦空间 (lit. Steal dream space). I'm surprised that 盗 hasn't turned up on my Smart.fm yet.

    法律禁止盗窃。
    The law forbids stealing.

  • 鼓励

    gǔlì - encourage

    Another Smart.fm word as I have started studying again. I picked it today as I think I may have finally learnt it, but also because lots of encouraging things have happened recently, especially with regards to my blog. It has inspired me to try to write more things and tidy it up. The below sentence is from dict.cn. I picked it purely because it contains my name.

    我的英文老师彼得总是鼓励我们要好好用功。
    Peter, my English teacher, never fails to encourage us to study hard.

  • 放弃

    fàngqì - give up

    I picked this word because it was on Smart.fm today and I liked the sentence below.

    我不会放弃学习汉语。
    I won't give up on learning Chinese.

  • suān - acid; sour; ache

    A good science word (for example, it is part of DNA), but one that also can be used in an everyday context. I picked it today because I was adding acid (benzoate - 苯甲酸 and acetate - 乙酸盐) to cells in an attempt to induce calcium influx. I also like the word for the sentence below as I have some sour green apples from Victoria.

    未成熟的苹果是酸的。
    Green apples are sour.

  • 一旦

    yīdàn - in case, if, when

    I picked this word/phrase because it was on my Smart.fm and looks really handy. I really should study Chinese grammar properly some day.

    河水一旦污染,就鱼儿会死。
    If the river becomes polluted, then the fish will die.