字. August 2010

  • 冲动

    chōngdòng - impetus, impulse

    I was listening to Chinese music on my way to work this morning and trying to understand the lyrics. The song I was listening to as I reached work was called 冲动 (by Power Station(动力火车)), so I was curious as to what it meant; it means impulse, a rushed movement. Below are the lyrics to the song. Lots of interesting words there. I've also included the sentence below because I want to learn how to say 'do something on impulse'. I seems the phrase is 凭一时冲动 - there are a lot of hits on Google for that phrase.

  • 冲突

    chōngtū - conflict

    I only picked this word today because it came up on iKnow and starts with the same character as yesterday's word. It also turned up in an iKnow sentence about religion:

    中东地区有宗教冲突。
    There is religious conflict in the Middle East region.

  • píng - on the basis of, lean against, rely on

    There's no particular reason to pick this word today, but I came across it when writing my 子 entry for 冲动 a couple of days ago, and it looked like a handy little word. It was in the phrase 凭一时冲动, meaning 'on the basis of an impulse'. It looks like a useful little grammatical word like 为 or 对.

    他凭直觉认为她说的是谎话。
    He had a hunch that she was lying.

  • róu - flexible, supple

    Victoria taught me this word after she learnt the proverb, which can be applied to Go, 以柔克刚. I think it means something like 'play lightly to defeat thickness'.

    他给了她一个温柔的吻。
    He gave her a tender kiss.

  • 坦率

    tǎnshuài - frank, blunt

    I learnt this word today because it appears in a famous English-language movie quote:

    坦率地说,亲爱的,我一点也不在乎。
    Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

    More translated quotes can be found here.

  • 重逢

    chóngféng - meet again, reunion

    I met up with people from my old lab in Oxford, including a couple who just happened to be in Oxford this weekend. It was really good to see them again. This word is a good use of 重 to mean 'again'.

    他们重逢时,喝醉了。
    When they reunited, they got drunk.

  • 壁球

    bìqiú - squash (sport)

    For the first time in ages, we played squash, which in Chinese is 'wall ball'. It was really good.

    我们今天打壁球。
    Today we played squash.

  • yǎng - itch, tickle

    The bites on my legs have been very itchy all day.

    你被蚊子咬的地方还在痒吗?
    Are your mosquito bites still itching?