Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Character a Day 中





Good morning, today we are going to talk about this character 中.

First it makes the sound zhong1. Its basic meaning is center, middle.

For example, 中国 China, 中文, Chinese language; 中餐, Chinese food

中秋, Middle Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival. It falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. On that day, family and friends gather together, enjoying the bright full moon and eating delicious moon cake.

中学, middle school.

Sometime, this character makes the sound zhong4, and it has the meaning like fit exactly, hit, such as 中奖, win a lottery;

Or it means 'be affected by , be hit by' . For example, 中暑 , heatstroke, an illness caused by overexposure to the sun; 中毒, poisoning, toxication.