字. April 2010

  • 预期

    yùqī - expect, predict

    This word came up in the new Smart.fm course that I've just started. I like it for its scientific potential and I expect I'll use it a lot once I've learnt it. I also really like the associated sentences on Smart.fm - they are quite straight forward and yet quite useful.

    今年的雨量比預期的少。
    This year's rainfall is less than expected.

    經濟學家預期經濟會恢復。
    Economists predict that the economy will recover.

  • 复活节

    Fùhuójié - Easter

    Today we went home to visit my parents for Easter. I'm not sure how useful it is to learn the names for Western festivals in Chinese, but I'm sure they have some sort of celebration of Easter in China. I like the name anyway; it is literally 'returning to life festival'.

    我们今天为复活节去我父母的家。
    Today we went to my parent's house for Easter.

  • - mud

    Today we went for a traditional Easter walk and got covered in mud. I remember someone once asking me about how Chinese characters worked, and whether, for example, if you combined the word for water with the word for soil, then you would get the word for mud. At the time (up until now, in fact), I didn't know the word for mud, though it seemed unlikely. Instead the word for mud has the radical for water, and then a second part that describes its pronunciation (尼 - which apparently means a Buddhist nun).

  • liè - hunt

    I remember seeing this word in an adventure playground in Nanjing, though I can't remember why. All I remember is that I confused it with the word for cat: 猫. I think I must have also learn the word for hunter (猎人), when learning to describe World of Warcraft (魔兽世界).

    我们做了猎彩蛋的竞猜
    We made an Easter egg hunt.

  • 钱包

    qiánbāo - wallet

    A very straightforward, everyday word for today, but there you go. It's relevant because after many years of having a broken wallet, I finally bought a new one. The word turns up in several Smart.fm sentences, such as:

    小偷儿偷走了他的钱包。
    A thief stole his wallet.

  • 宣布

    xuānbù - announce

    This is another Smart.fm word, which I think I've actually learnt, although I can never remember the characters when I see them in isolation (or in different words).

    政府今天宣布了大选。
    Today the government announced the election.

    I could have chosen the word for election, but it was actually one of the first words that I chose.

  • 反对

    fǎnduì - oppose

    This is another Smart.fm word, and one relevant today because we spent lots of time of Twitter seeing whether the Digital Economy Bill would be opposed, which sadly it wasn't.

    人民群众普遍反对突然实行的变革。
    The populace is generally opposed to sudden change.

  • 壁炉

    bìlú - fireplace

    I came across this word reading a great short story. It probably not a very useful word, but I like it. It's literally a furnace in a wall.

    小孩子们马上聚拢在她身边,坐在壁炉旁,安安静静。
    The children immediately gather around her and quietly sat down by the fireplace.

  • 恶心

    ěxīn - nausea, disgust

    This is one of the many words ending in 心, which I picked today because poor Victoria was very sick. I could have picked 病, which I've known since my first Chinese lesson, but I thought I pick a new word.

    她有些恶心。
    She feels sort of queasy.

  • 游戏

    yóuxì - game, play