We can not live without water, but do you know how to say water in Chinese? Our word of this week is 水- ‘ water ’.


水is pronounced  shuǐ .


水shuǐ was first seen in the oracle bone inscriptions of the Shang Dynasty. Its original meaning was “river”, and it referred to any form of water. It also referred to certain liquid substances which were colorless, odorless, and transparent; The meaning of leveling and water leveling is derived from static water. 


水到渠成(shuǐ dào qú chéng)

It is an idiom that literally means “When water flows, a channel is formed”. Metaphorically it describes something that is achieved without much effort.  

水平如镜(shuǐ píng rú jìng)

It means the surface of the water is as smooth as a mirror. It is used to describe a lack of wind on the surface of the water.

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