Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 8

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Today's Chinese characters:

Chinese words are often composed by two or more characters. Today you'll learn how to write in Chinese "teacher" and "physician", both words composed by two Chinese characters.

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Today with this lesson your knowledge of Chinese characters will reach 5.01% of all the Chinese language usage! 5.01%

Characters' Essentials

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-First character of the word lao3shi1lao3shi1 ("Teacher")
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-Second character of the word lao3shi1lao3shi1 ("Teacher")
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yi1
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-First character of the word yi1sheng1yi1sheng1 ("Physician")
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-Second character of the word yi1sheng1yi1sheng1 ("Physician")

Description and Examples

Word
lao3shi1
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Teacher, schoolmaster
Word
yi1sheng1
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Doctor, physician


You now don't need any translation of the following phrases, do you? If you still do need the English translation, my suggestion is to spend a few minutes reviewing this course first lessons.

yi2ge4yi1sheng1yi1sheng1

yi2wei4lao3shi1lao3shi1

liang3wei4lao3shi1lao3shi1

shi2yi1ge4yi1sheng1yi1sheng1

yi4bai3ling2wu3wei4yi1sheng1yi1sheng1

Do you often forget a character's meaning or pronunciation? I'd be surprised if you don't!

SOLUTION (only in the online version of this course): click on the character or on the word and a window will pop up with exactly the lesson that explained it.

Our next object is to learn how to write the sentence: "She's my teacher."

Learning this sentence will help you to master:

  • Chinese personal pronouns;
  • How to use the verb to be;
  • How to use the #1 most used Chinese character de5.

Tomorrow you'll start learning Chinese personal pronouns.

Exercise

Now is the time to see if your operating system is configured to display and write Chinese characters. If it is, you should be able to read the following Chinese text meaning "Hello!":

你好!

If you see only boxes or question marks, please read the help files of your operating system and of your browser to find out how to install or download the component for simplified Chinese. In order to be able to write in Chinese with your computer, you should also install/download the specific simplified Chinese Input Method Editor (IME). Then, open for example Microsoft Word or Outlook Express, change the input language to simplified Chinese and write all the phrases contained in this lesson.

If you have any problem, please send me an email including names and versions of your operating system, of your browser, and of your email reader. I'd try to help.


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Characters' Details

Chinese Character 18 of 1000

appearance score: # 179
frequency: 0.1152689%
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-Old; aged; outdated; traditional; overgrown; hardened; dark (of color); the youngest; decrepit
-Old people; Lao Zi (short for, the founder of Taoism)
-Become old; die
-Long; always (doing something); very
-Used as prefix:
1. addressing people (indicating respect);
2. indicating seniority level among brothers and sisters;
3. of a few animal and plant nouns
-A surname

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.Help

Chinese Character 19 of 1000

appearance score: # 333
frequency: 0.0661929%
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-Teacher; example; a person skilled in a certain profession; an honorific title for a Buddhist monk; of one's master or teacher; division; troops
-Imitate
-A surname

This character has a different traditional version.

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(same as simplified one's)

Chinese Character 20 of 1000

appearance score: # 482
frequency: 0.0437303%
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-Medicine, medical service; doctor, physician
-Cure, treat

This character has two different traditional versions.

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yi1
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(same as simplified one's)
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yi1
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(same as simplified one's)

Chinese Character 21 of 1000

appearance score: # 34
frequency: 0.3524634%
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-Life; livelihood; student; scholar; the male character type in Beijing opera
-Give birth to; be born; grow; live, exist; get, have; light (a fire)
-Living; unripe, green; raw, uncooked; unprocessed; unfamiliar; mechanical
-Very (used before words indicating feelings, emotions, etc.)
-Used as a suffix:
1. to a few nouns indicating categories of people;
2. to a few adverbs
-A surname

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.Help

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