Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 14

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Today's Chinese characters:

好女子

Do you know why these three characters come together in this lesson? Do their shapes suggest you anything?

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Characters' Essentials

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-Good, fine
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-Woman
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zi3
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-Son

Description and Examples

Every day, for each character, a clear animation shows the correct order of strokes. So, you already know that Chinese characters are made up of strokes. Anyway, in most cases the strokes constitute fixed units which form characters in turn. These units are called parts. For example, the character hao3 is made up of two parts: nü3 and zi3.

In this case, the "fusion" of these two parts into one has an interesting meaning. Woman plus son equals good!

Woman + Son = Good

nü3 + zi3 = hao3

Let's go back a few lessons to the pronouns ta1 and ta1, both pronounced "ta1". One of them means "she", the other one means "he". Which one means "she"? The one with the woman, of course.

character:ta1 left part:nü3

character:ta1 left part:ren2

You're now ready to learn by heart your first dialogue - the simplest ever!

Dialogue 1

A:
ni2hao3
B:
ni2hao3

The meaning of: 你好!

It means "Hi!", "How do you do?", "Hello!" It is an everyday greeting and is used at any time, on any occasion and by a person of any social status. The reply should also be "ni2hao3".


Exercise

Learn by heart the following dialogue:

A:
ni2hao3wo3shi4ni3de5lao3shi1lao3shi1
B:
ni2hao3lao3shi1lao3shi1

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Characters' Details

Chinese Character 31 of 1000

appearance score: # 82
frequency: 0.2128462%
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6
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-Good, fine, nice; be in good health; friendly, kind; be easy (to do)
-(Used after a verb to indicate the completion or improvement of an action)
-(Used before a verb to indicate a pleasing quality)
-(Indicating praise, approval or dissatisfaction)
-So as to, so that
-(Used before measure words for quantities or before words denoting time, with the meaning of 'a good many')
-(Used before certain adjectives or verbs to indicate high degree)
-(Used before adjectives as an interrogative of number or degree)
-(Used as a polite formula)
-May, can, should
-(Used to indicate acclamation)
-(Used to indicate greetings)
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-Like, love
-Be liable to
-(A surname)

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Chinese Character 32 of 1000

appearance score: # 224
frequency: 0.0957024%
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3
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-Woman, female
-Daughter, girl
-Nu (one of the lunar mansions)
-(A surname)

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Chinese Character 33 of 1000

appearance score: # 37
frequency: 0.3310732%
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3
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-Son; person; (an ancient title of respect for a learned or virtuous man); seed; egg; small things, hard things; copper coin; (the fourth ranking of the five feudal title of nobility); first of the twelve Earthly Branches
-Young, small, tender
-(Measure word for a bundle, bunch, sheaf or hank of fine and long things that can be clutched with one's fingers)
-You
-(A surname)
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-(Used as a noun suffix)
-(Used as a suffix to a few measure words)

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