字. November 2008

  • yàn - feast

    Went to a fancy(ish) dinner in college today, so today's hanzi is 宴, meaning feast, which is probably not the world's most useful word. That is all for now.

  • zhaò - omen, million, million million, trillion

  • taó - escape, dodge

    I first came across this 汉字 while trying to read 丁丁, and one the first page was the phrase, 逃之夭夭, describing how one of the villans had made a getaway. So began my interest in all things 兆.

    逃之夭夭 - taózhīyaōyaō - escape, make a getaway (from the scene of a crime)

  • tiào tiáo taó diào - jump, bounce; dance

    It seems I lied yesterday when I said that it was the only tiao word I had come across in its natural setting.

  • táo - peach

    Another 兆 word today. Possibly the only other one I have come across in its natural enviornment (i.e. not in a dictionary). It means peach, which reminds me. I should, once I have learnt all the animals, learn all the fruits and plants and foods. Yet more lists to learn, but I think the more the better. I can start the food list with peach, walnut and cherry, each of which include this hanzi.

    桃花运 - taóhuāyùn - luck in love, romance, good luck