字. January 2010

  • huá - slippery; comical

    I have only previously come across this character in the word: 滑雪 - skiing [literally slipping on snow]. Today we went for a walk in the melting snow and it was very slippery.

    通过这条很滑的路并不容易。
    Negotiation of the slippery road was not easy.

  • 地震

    dìzhèn - earthquake

    Today an earthquake struck Haiti. The word for earthquake in on several Smart.fm course, probably in part, because of the devastating earthquake in China a couple of years ago.

    地震带来了很大的灾害。
    The earthquake caused a lot of damage.

  • 破坏

    pòhuài - break

    This word is on Smart.fm (again), a related word in the title of a Tintin book I have: 破损.

    今天我的电脑遭受破坏。
    Today my computer broke.

  • 纵横字谜

    zònghéngzìmí - crossword

    Due to the lack of a computer, I spent a lot of today doing crosswords.

    我填纵横字谜的时候,手边总有一本字典。
    I keep a dictionary beside me when I'm doing crosswords.

  • 银行

    yínháng - bank

    I went to the bank today, which isn't very interesting and bank isn't a particularly interesting word (although it is a silver guild, which is quite interesting). The sentence below is from Smart.fm and quite apt.

    这家银行倒闭了。
    This bank has closed down.

  • tāng - soup

    This is one of the few food words I know and today I made leek and potato soup.

    这个汤非常美味。
    This soup tastes great.

  • chū- at first, junior

    This word is on my Smart.fm course and I keep getting it wrong.

    初冬时节,他还坚持晨跑。
    Even though it's early winter, he continues to go out for a morning run.

  • 胡萝卜

    húluóbo - carrot

    I really need to learn more food words, they don't seem to come up on many vocab lists, but come up all the time in real life. Maybe I should get some menus.

    我们做胡萝卜猪汤。
    We made carrot and pork rib soup.

  • jiù - save

    This word came up several times in Tintin, which I was reading today. Below is an example of a sentence from Tintin

    先生, 谢谢您救了我。
    Thank you sir, you saved me.

  • 汉堡

    hànbǎo - hamburger

    We went to the pub and I had a burger. Later I came across the word for burger on Popup Chinese in an odd exchange. One of the sentences from the dialogue is given below. I should probably note that technically 汉堡 is Hamburg, the city, and burger is 汉堡包, but is normally shortened to 汉堡.

    给我来份汉堡。
    Give me a burger.