字. October 2010

  • 任何人

    rènhérén - anyone

    This word was in my Chinese course email, and is one example of the many useful words that I've never learnt.

    我不会告诉任何人
    I won't tell anybody.

  • 访

    fǎng - visit; seek; investigate

    Today I went to Oxford to visit Victoria. 访 is one of the very simple words that I seem incapable of learning. I think it I always confuse it with other 方 words.

    你们这次访问必将增强两国人民之间的友谊。
    Your visit will certainly strengthen the friendship between our two peoples

  • 章鱼

    zhāngyú - octopus

  • huò - harvest, catch

    A good old fashioned word, but I'm sure it will be useful to know. The Chinese character has lots of useful meanings. Today we went to Victoria's allotment and picked the last of the apples, raspberries and apples.

    这项发明获得大奖。
    The invention was awarded the grand prize

  • 抽取

    chōuqǔ - extract

    Today I tried to extract DNA from my cells and again failed to get a reasonable yield, which is very annoying.

    我将从患者身上抽取一些血液。
    I will extract some blood from the patients.

  • 错觉

    cuòjué - misconception, illusion

    Today I watched a great Horizon program on the iPlayer about sensory illusions.

    利用敌人的错觉和不意来争取自己的主动
    Exploit the enemy's misconceptions and unpreparedness to gain the initiative

  • 设定

    shèdìng - set up, install; settings, preferences

    Today our new TIRF microscope was set up. I like this word because both characters are very useful and appear in all sorts of words.

    很多时候,我们要给自己设定一个够得着的目标。
    On many occasions, the goal we set for ourselves shall be achievable.

  • 二极管

    èrjíguǎn - diode

    Today, the setting up of the microscope continued, but was halted by a malfunction LED. The word for LED in Chinese is 发光二极管, which is literally a 'emit light diode', the word for diode literally being 'two pole tube'.

    这台显微镜丢了一个发光二极管。
    This microscope is missing an LED.

  • 共识

    gòngshí - consensus

    Today I started work on my program to create a consensus protein alignment. After thinking about how to go about this problem for several weeks now, I think I have an idea how it can be achieved and have made some progress.

    此前我们已经对这件事达成了共识。
    We have reached a common view on this matter before.

  • 叉烧

    chāshāo - char siu (barbecued pork)

    I've seen this word a lot recently, in supermarkets and restaurants. I picked it today as I went to the Chinese grocery to buy some char siu, only to find it shut. I had to go to Sainsbury's to find a substitute.

    我要做叉烧包。
    I'm going to make pork buns.