Word of the Week: Sky – tiān

Word of the Week: Sky – tiān

We always see the blue sky with white cloud in Jerusalem. However, how to speak sky in Chinese? So the word of this week is 天 tiān – ‘sky’. Pronunciation 天 is pronounced tiān. Meaning The character “天”, first seen in oracle bone inscriptions, it resembles a...
Word of the Week: Embarrassing – 囧 jiǒng

Word of the Week: Embarrassing – 囧 jiǒng

囧(jiǒng) has been described as one of the “most popular single Chinese characters of the 21st century”. When you first see the character 囧(jiǒng), do you think it looks like an emoticon? So our word of the week is 囧 – ’embarrassed’....
word of the week: Up- 上shàng

word of the week: Up- 上shàng

上(shàng)is a single component character which means up, a word for direction. Wouldn’t you want to make progress in your daily life liking you are going up? So our word of this week is 上 – ‘up’. Pronunciation 上 is pronounced shàng. Meaning The character 上(shàng)was...
Word of the Week: Cry  – 哭kū

Word of the Week: Cry  – 哭kū

In Chinese we have a saying, crying for health. Our word of this week is 哭 – ‘cry’. Pronunciation 哭 is pronounced kū. Meaning The origin of this character is different. Duan Yucai, a scholar in the Qing Dynasty, believed that “cry” originally referred to...
Word of the Week: Old – 老lǎo

Word of the Week: Old – 老lǎo

As time passes, many things inevitably become old, such as people, cars, and styles. The question arises – how does one say “old” in Chinese? This week’s featured word is 老, meaning “old; experienced; skilled.” Pronunciation 老 is ...
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