字. February 2010

  • 解释

    jiěshì - explain

    This is yet another word from Smart.fm, which although I get right when tested there, I haven't recognised when I've seen it elsewhere.

    请再解释一下。
    Could you please explain again.

  • 程式

    chéngshì - formula, equation

    Both these characters came up on Smart.fm today and I've been writing quite a few equations recently. It also means a computer program in Taiwanese. It pronounced exactly like, 城市, city.

     

  • 延长

    yáncháng - extend

    Yet another word from Smart.fm that I supposedly know, but keep getting wrong. Apparently, it is also the name of a county in 延安.

    会议延长了两天。
    The meeting was extended by two days.

  • 过年

    guònián - celebrate New Year

    Chinese New Year started today.

    中国人过年的时候,喜欢红色。
    During New Year, Chinese people like the colour red.

  • - emptiness, false

    This word caused me all sorts of problems when creating my Chinese dictionary today.

    他的快活是虚假的。
    His cheerfulness is false.

  • 默默

    mòmò - in silence

    Victoria' taught me this word today. I like how the character is composed of the characters for black (黑) and dog (犬). 默 seems to be quite an interesting character, creating words such as 幽默 - humorous.

    虽然他知道实情,却保持沉默。
    Although he knew the truth, he kept silence.

  • diào - transfer; investigate; argument; tune

    I keep confusing this word with 周, but today it came up on Smart.fm. It has so many disparate meanings though, I'm still not sure I'll understand it when I see it. Except in the word 调查, which I like for some reason.

  • pài - pie, pi; faction; to dispatch

    I came across this word on Smart.fm with the meaning 'to dispatch', but Victoria told me that it can also mean pie, though it is probably slang. The more common word for 'pie' is 馅饼 (xiànbǐng), but 饼 was one of last week's words.

    我今天做了鱼派。
    I made fish pie today.

  • 相对论

    xiāngduìlùn - theory of relativity

    I came across this word a while ago of Chinese Pod, but was reminded of it today when Victoria found a song called 相对论. I already know the three constituent characters and they are very logical.

    爱因斯坦是个天才,他提出了相对论。
    Einstein is a genius, he proposed the theory of relativity.

  • shuāng - frost

    It was very cold and I had to scrap the frost off the car windows before I could visit my parents this morning. The sentence below is from dict.cn, and shows that the verb 结 is used to describe the formation of frost.

    寒冷的天气使窗子上结满了霜。
    The cold caused frost to form on the windows.