Easy Chinese Characters-来(lái)

Easy Chinese Characters-来(lái) Hi there! Looking at the poker card, you can imagine the character来(lái) looks like a person walking towards you. So 来(lái) means “come”. 中国 means “China” so 来中国 is “come to China”.

January 24, 2022January 24, 2022by

Easy Chinese Characters – 吃(chī)

Easy Chinese Characters - 吃(chī) Hi, there, “吃” (chī) EAT is composed of two parts with one for meaning and the other for pronunciation. A man( 人) opening his mouth (口) to EAT (乙 looks like a Peking duck) 吃 is how the character for “eat” derived. “肉” (ròu) means “meat” so “吃肉” is “to...

January 19, 2022January 19, 2022by

Easy Chinese Characters-喝(hē)

Easy Chinese Characters - 喝(hē) Hi, there, 喝(hē) means “drink”. Under the burning sun日,a man 人hides in a cave and opens his mouth 口 to DRINK喝.  水(shuǐ) means “water” so 喝水 is “drink water”.

January 15, 2022January 15, 2022by

Easy Chinese Characters – 要(yào)

Easy Chinese Characters - 要(yào) Hi, there, You can easily remember many Chinese Characters by making up your own stories. For today’s instance, the top part (西) means “west” and the bottom part (女) “woman”. You can think about a WESTERN (西) WOMAN (女) WANTS要 a lot of attention.  “钱” (qián) means “money” so “要钱” is...

January 10, 2022January 10, 2022by

Easy Chinese Characters-有(yǒu)

Easy Chinese Characters - 有(yǒu) Hi, there, Creating a story about the character by linking its components increases your retention. 有(yǒu) means “have”. It looks like a man using his hand to hold a piece of moon cake (月means “moon”) says “I have 有”. 车(chē) is “car” so “有车” means “have a car”. If you...

January 7, 2022January 7, 2022by

Easy Chinese Characters – 是(shì)

Easy Chinese Characters - 是(shì) Hi, there, 是 (shì) BE/CORRECT is a commonly used character and it is not too difficult to remember if you use a little bit of imagination. Proclaiming under the sun (日) that something is true 正 and does exist. (BEING 是).  “吗” is the question word for “Yes/No” so “是吗”...

January 4, 2022January 4, 2022by

Easy Chinese Characters – 住(zhù)

Easy Chinese Characters - 住(zhù) Hi, there, Most compound Chinese characters have two components. The left is for meaning and the right for pronunciation. The left component of (住) is called “human radical”.  The right component (主) means “host”. A person (亻) is the host (主) so he LIVES 住 there.

December 31, 2021December 31, 2021by

Easy Chinese Characters-说(shuō)

Easy Chinese Characters-说(shuō) Hi, there, The left component (讠) is a short form of 言represents “speaking or speech”. So speech comes from children’s 儿mouth 口. Children learn to speak 说 (shuō).  你 (nǐ) means “you” so “你说” is “you speak”. If you want to learn Chinese online with a professional Mandarin teacher, check out how Flipped...

December 28, 2021December 28, 2021by

Easy Chinese Characters-问(wèn)

Easy Chinese Characters-问(wèn) Hi, there, To know the story behind a character also helps you remember its meaning. 问(wèn) means “ask”. In old times people at the door 门 and open their mouth 口 to ASK 问 for directions. 请(qǐng) means “please” so “请问” is “May I ask…?”

December 15, 2021December 15, 2021by

Easy Chinese Characters-回(huí)

Easy Chinese Characters-回(huí) Hi, there, 回(huí) means “return”.  Looking at the poker card, you can find it looks like water turning in circles. It keeps returning. 来(lái) means “come” so 回来 is “coming back”.

December 11, 2021December 11, 2021by