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女(Nǚ)=woman, girl; feminine,又(yòu)=and, also, again, in addition; What do you think奴(Nú) mean?

女(Nǚ)=woman, girl; feminine,又(yòu)=and, also, again, in addition; What do you think奴(Nú) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 2, 2014

女(Nǚ)=woman, girl; feminine,己(Jǐ)=self, oneself; personal, private; What do you think 妃(Fēi) mean?

女(Nǚ)=woman, girl; feminine,己(Jǐ)=self, oneself; personal, private; What do you think 妃(Fēi) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - May 7, 2014

关(Guān)=close,门(mén)=gate, door, entrance, opening; What do you think 关门(Guānmén) mean?

关(Guān)=close,门(mén)=gate, door, entrance, opening; What do you think 关门(Guānmén) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - May 7, 2014

开(kāi)=open; initiate, begin, start, 门(mén)=gate, door, entrance, opening; What do you think 开门(kāi mén) mean?

开(kāi)=open; initiate, begin, start, 门(mén)=gate, door, entrance, opening; What do you think 开门(kāi mén) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 28, 2014

What do you think a 'pig' 豕(shǐ) under a 'roof' 宀(mián) : 家(jiā) mean?

What do you think a 'pig' 豕(shǐ) under a 'roof' 宀(mián) : 家(jiā) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 27, 2014

木(mù)=tree, 一(yī)=one; What do you think 本(běn) mean?

木(mù)=tree, 一(yī)=one; What do you think 本(běn) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 26, 2014

Words for approximately

Hi What is the difference between Dàgài and zuŏyòu when talking about approximately? when would you use one over the other and which is more common to use? Thanks Jeff

1 reply - Last post by Lin-Ping - April 26, 2014

火(Huǒ)=fire, 箭( Jiàn)=arrow. What do you think 火箭(Huǒjiàn) mean?

火(Huǒ)=fire, 箭( Jiàn)=arrow. What do you think 火箭(Huǒjiàn) mean?

4 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - April 26, 2014

出(Chū)= to go out/to come out, 口(Kǒu)=mouth; What do you think 出口(Chūkǒu) mean?

出(Chū)= to go out/to come out, 口(Kǒu)=mouth; What do you think 出口(Chūkǒu) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 25, 2014

入(Rù)=enter, 口(Kǒu)=mouth; What do you think 入口(Rùkǒu) mean?

入(Rù)=enter, 口(Kǒu)=mouth; What do you think 入口(Rùkǒu) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 24, 2014

这条路很宽。(Zhètiáo lù hěnkuān.)

Can you translate this? 这条路很宽。(Zhètiáo lù hěnkuān.)

3 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - April 23, 2014

Please translate: 地球是圆的。(Dìqiú shì yuán de)

Please translate: 地球是圆的。(Dìqiú shì yuán de)

3 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - April 23, 2014

门(Mén)=door, 木(Mù)=wood: What do you think 闲(Xián) mean?

门(Mén)=door, 木(Mù)=wood: What do you think 闲(Xián) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 23, 2014

人(Rén)=person; What do you think 人人Rén rén) mean?

人(Rén)=person; What do you think 人人Rén rén) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 23, 2014

火(Huǒ)=fire, 花(Huā)=flower; What do you think 火花(Huǒhuā) mean?

火(Huǒ)=fire, 花(Huā)=flower; What do you think 火花(Huǒhuā) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 20, 2014

小(xiǎo)=small,学(xué)=study. What do you think 小学(xiǎoxué) mean?

小(xiǎo)=small,学(xué)=study. What do you think 小学(xiǎoxué) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 19, 2014

人(rén)=person+人(rén)+人(rén) becomes 众(zhòng), what do you think 众(zhòng) mean?

人(rén)=person+人(rén)+人(rén) becomes 众(zhòng), what do you think 众(zhòng) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 18, 2014

火(Huǒ)=fire, 山(Shān)=mountain. What do you think 火山(Huǒshān) mean?

火(Huǒ)=fire, 山(Shān)=mountain. What do you think 火山(Huǒshān) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 17, 2014

电(Diàn)=electricity; electric, 梯(Tī)=ladder, steps, stairs. What do you think 电梯(Diàntī) mean?

电(Diàn)=electricity; electric, 梯(Tī)=ladder, steps, stairs. What do you think 电梯(Diàntī) mean?

4 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - April 16, 2014

早(Zǎo)=early, 饭(Fàn)=cooked rice; food, meal. What do you think 早饭(Zǎofàn) mean?

早(Zǎo)=early, 饭(Fàn)=cooked rice; food, meal. What do you think 早饭(Zǎofàn) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 16, 2014

入(Rù)=to enter, 口(Kǒu)=mouth, what do you think 入口 (Rùkǒu) mean?

入(Rù)=to enter, 口(Kǒu)=mouth, what do you think 入口 (Rùkǒu) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 15, 2014

What do you think 早安(Zǎo ān) mean? a. dawn/early. b. settlement/peace. c.good morning.

What do you think 早安(Zǎo ān) mean? a. dawn/early. b. settlement/peace. c.good morning.

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 15, 2014

门(mén)=door, 口(kǒu)=mouth, what do you think 问(wèn) mean?

门(mén)=door, 口(kǒu)=mouth, what do you think 问(wèn) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 14, 2014

日(Rì)=sun/day/date/day of the month, 出(Chū) to go/come out, what do you think 日出(Rìchū) mean?

日(Rì)=sun/day/date/day of the month, 出(Chū) to go/come out, what do you think 日出(Rìchū) mean?

3 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 13, 2014

大(dà)=big, 学(xué)=study, learning, knowledge, school, what do you think 大学(dàxué) mean?

大(dà)=big, 学(xué)=study, learning, knowledge, school, what do you think 大学(dàxué) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 12, 2014

Adjective 好(hǎo) good+noun 心(xīn) heart, what do you think 好心(hǎoxīn) mean?

Adjective 好(hǎo) good+noun 心(xīn) heart, what do you think 好心(hǎoxīn) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 11, 2014

Adjective 好(hǎo) good+verb 看(kàn)to look at=好看(hǎokàn), what do you think 好看(hǎokàn) mean?

Adjective 好(hǎo) good+verb 看(kàn)to look at=好看(hǎokàn), what do you think 好看(hǎokàn) mean?

3 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 10, 2014

Adjective 好(hǎo)+verb 吃(chī) to eat =好吃(hào chī), what do you think 好吃(Hào chī) mean?

Adjective 好(hǎo) good+verb 吃(chī) to eat =好吃(hào chī), what do you think 好吃(Hào chī) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 9, 2014

木(mù)tree, wood+工(gōng)worker=木工, what do you think 木工(mùgōng) mean?

木(mù)tree, wood+工(gōng)worker=木工, what do you think 木工(mùgōng) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 8, 2014

Can you translate this? 你喝咖啡还是可乐?(Nǐ hē kāfēi háishi kělè?)

Can you translate this? 你喝咖啡还是可乐?(Nǐ hē kāfēi háishi kělè?)

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 7, 2014

宀(mián)=roof,女( nǚ)=woman, what do you think 安(ān) mean?

宀(mián)=roof,女( nǚ)=woman, what do you think 安(ān) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 6, 2014

天(tiān) day, sky + 气(qì) air = 天气(tiānqì), what do you think 天气(tiānqì) mean?

天(tiān) day, sky + 气(qì) air = 天气(tiānqì), what do you think 天气(tiānqì) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 5, 2014

明(míng) bright+天(day, sky)=明天. Does it mean a. yesterday b. today c. tomorrow?

明(míng) bright+天(day, sky)=明天. Does it mean a. yesterday b. today c. tomorrow?

3 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 4, 2014

日(rì)=sun, day,月(yuè)=moon, what do you think 明(míng) mean?

日(rì)=sun, day,月(yuè)=moon, what do you think 明(míng) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 3, 2014

电(diàn)=electric(ity),车(chē)=car/vehicle, what do you think电车(diànchē) mean?

电(diàn)=electric(ity),车(chē)=car/vehicle, what do you think电车(diànchē) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 2, 2014

电(diàn)=electric(ity), 影( yǐng )= shadow/picture/image), what do you think(电影(diàn yǐng ) mean?

电(diàn)=electric(ity), 影( yǐng )= shadow/picture/image), what do you think(电影(diàn yǐng ) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - April 2, 2014

电(diàn)=electric(ity), 脑( nǎo)=brain, what do you think 电脑(diànnǎo) mean?

电(diàn)=electric(ity), 脑( nǎo)=brain, what do you think 电脑(diànnǎo) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - March 31, 2014

大(dà)=big, 人(rén)=person, what do you think 大人( Dàrén) mean?

大(dà)=big, 人(rén)=person, what do you think 大人( Dàrén) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - March 31, 2014

火(huǒ)=fire, 车(chē)=vehicle, what do you think 火车(huǒ chē) mean?

火(huǒ)=fire, 车(chē)=vehicle, what do you think 火车(huǒ chē) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - March 31, 2014

王(Wáng) =king,子(zǐ)=son; seed, what do you think 王子(Wángzǐ) mean?

王(Wáng) =king,子(zǐ)=son; seed, what do you think 王子(Wángzǐ) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - March 31, 2014

人 (Rén)= people, 口(Kǒu)= mouth, what do you think 人口 mean?

人 (Rén)= people, 口(Kǒu)= mouth, what do you think 人口( Rénkǒu) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - March 30, 2014

Can you translate this? 大象很重。(Dàxiàng hěnzhòng.)

Can you translate this? 大象很重。(Dàxiàng hěnzhòng.)

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - March 27, 2014

Can you translate this? 我爱你。(Wǒ ài nǐ.)

Can you translate this? 我爱你。(Wǒ ài nǐ.)

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - March 26, 2014

Yuànyì vs Xiǎng

In lesson 2.1, both the words yuànyì and xiǎng seem to mean 'want'. Is there any distinction between these words or are these words interchangeable? Is it appropriate to say both of the phrases below, or is yuànyì not used when followed by a verb? Wǒ ...

3 replies - Last post by o.h. - March 15, 2014

Help with My Vocab

Hello, I keep adding important words to My Vocab...I like this feature very much so I can focus on power verbs and common words first. The only problem is most of the time a whole phrase is saved with the one word when I go back to My Vocab to listen to t...

5 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - March 14, 2014

How to add words in My Vocab?

How do I add words in My Vocab?

1 reply - Last post by gabriela91 - March 8, 2014

The letters in the Pinyin is confusing. How do you differentiate a B w/ P? How do you differentiate a T and D?

How do you differentiate a B w/ P? How do you differentiate a T w/ D? How do you differentiate a Q w/ J? Is there a rule for these?

2 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - February 14, 2014

"To teach" and "Call"

I recently stumbled upon the vocabulary word "to teach", which is "jiào" in Pinyin. If "My name is..." and "I teach..." have the same pronunciation, how would I know the difference? Are they written differently in real written Chinese? Thanks

6 replies - Last post by o.h. - February 14, 2014

Initials & Finals

Do you plan to have a specific course / lesson to learn Initials & Finals? Regards - Dawei

2 replies - Last post by o.h. - February 14, 2014

your response to my querstion

I appreciate that you agree for me to go slow and retain as much as possible before I move on.my employer is waiting for me to put sentences together and he is happy I took it upon myself to learn Chinese.Xin Nian Hao

3 replies - Last post by o.h. - February 14, 2014

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