字.

  • 章鱼

    zhāngyú - octopus

  • 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

  • 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.

  • - cut

    I picked this word today because the UK spending cuts were announced and I already know 切. It seems the science got away quite lightly with its budget frozen for four-year. 割 may well not be the right word for a spending cut, but it looks like a useful word nonetheless.

    别让碎玻璃割伤你的手。
    Don't cut your finger on the broken glass.

  • 念头

    niàntou - thought, idea

    This is my word for today because Victoria suggested it. It is yet another Chinese word for thought (others including 思想, 想法, 意念, 心思 and 观念). I should probably try to find out the differences between them.

    我们不知道如何说服他放弃这个念头。
    We have no idea how to persuade him to give up the idea.

  • 退钱

    tuìqián - refund money

    I picked this word today because today I arranged to send my Macbook Pro back to get a refund. It just crashed way too often.

    货物有损坏,可以要求退钱。
    You can claim your money back if the goods are damaged.

  • nuò - promise, consent

    I picked this word today because it is part of the transliteration of Rachmaninov, 拉赫曼尼诺夫, and today I listened to Rachmaninov as Victoria created a Nodame playlist. I picked this character, because it's useful and has appeared on my Smart.fm list in a couple words.

    他们的承诺分文不值。
    Their promises are not worth a damn.

  • 废物

    fèiwù - rubbish

    Today I finally emptied the bin after probably too long and realised that 'rubbish' was yet another everyday word that I didn't know.

    这些放射性废物应该放在密封的箱子里深埋在地下。
    The radioactive waste should be buried deeply under the ground in sealed box.

  • 含有

    hányǒu - contain

    This word appeared in a Chinese lesson newsletter that I signed up to at some point. It was the only word in the weekly email that I'd not seen before.

    这支牙膏含有芦荟的成份。
    This toothpaste contains aloe vera.

  • - rich, abundant

    This is a pretty common character, especially around Chinese New Year because it is used in good wishes. I picked it today because it was part of a title of an article in Nature, 学富五车. This is 成语 meaning very learned, litterally, knowing enough to fill five carts (with scrolls). The point of the article was that the knowledge in five carts of scrolls could be now be kept in a tiny memory card.