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  • liè - arrange, line up; series

    I picked this word as I spent the day working on an alignment of protein sequences and on a program to display it nicely (which I might put on this blog is I get it to a sufficiently finished state). I couldn't work out what the Chinese from protein alignment was, but 列 is a useful word. I've seen in on Smart.fm in the word 系列.

    列 is also the measure word for buses.

    这一理论是以一系列错误的设想为依据的。
    The theory is based on a series of wrong assumptions.

  • 健行

    jiànxíng - to hike

    Today I took the ferry to Mount Edgecumbe and hiked to Cawsands. Maybe hiked is a too grand a word, but it was quite a long walk and I already know the word for walk. The word for hike is literally 'healthy/invigorating walk', which is a good description of what I did.

    我喜欢健行。
    I like hiking.

  • 康复

    kāngfù - recover

    I realised that despite Victoria being ill pretty frequently, I'd never learnt how to say get well soon in Chinese. So here it is:

    早日康复
    Get well soon.

  • 一旦

    yīdàn - in case, if, when

    I picked this word/phrase because it was on my Smart.fm and looks really handy. I really should study Chinese grammar properly some day.

    河水一旦污染,就鱼儿会死。
    If the river becomes polluted, then the fish will die.

  • suān - acid; sour; ache

    A good science word (for example, it is part of DNA), but one that also can be used in an everyday context. I picked it today because I was adding acid (benzoate - 苯甲酸 and acetate - 乙酸盐) to cells in an attempt to induce calcium influx. I also like the word for the sentence below as I have some sour green apples from Victoria.

    未成熟的苹果是酸的。
    Green apples are sour.

  • 放弃

    fàngqì - give up

    I picked this word because it was on Smart.fm today and I liked the sentence below.

    我不会放弃学习汉语。
    I won't give up on learning Chinese.

  • 鼓励

    gǔlì - encourage

    Another Smart.fm word as I have started studying again. I picked it today as I think I may have finally learnt it, but also because lots of encouraging things have happened recently, especially with regards to my blog. It has inspired me to try to write more things and tidy it up. The below sentence is from dict.cn. I picked it purely because it contains my name.

    我的英文老师彼得总是鼓励我们要好好用功。
    Peter, my English teacher, never fails to encourage us to study hard.

  • dào - steal

    I came across this word today in a Popup Chinese discussion about the film, Inception. I didn't understand much of the dialogue, but I could understand all but one word of the name of the film: 盗梦空间 (lit. Steal dream space). I'm surprised that 盗 hasn't turned up on my Smart.fm yet.

    法律禁止盗窃。
    The law forbids stealing.

  • 书柜

    shūguì - bookcase

    Another domestic word from my parents' visit. Today, I bought a new, larger bookcase. We did also do more interesting things, namely visit Mount Edgecumbe. I particularly like the character 柜, because if you take away the 木 radical, it looks a bit like a what it describes. The only other character I can think of that does this is 伞, umbrella.

    我今天买了一个书柜。
    Today, I bought a bookcase.

  • 家具

    jiājù - furniture

    My parents and I spent this morning rearranging the furniture in my flat. The main result was that my flat is a big mess, but it should be better in the long run. 家具 is a very handy word, I'm surprised that I hadn't not learnt it before. It literally means 'house tool'. I picked the sentence below because all the furniture in my flat is old and dilapidated. I wish I could throw most of it out.

    咱们把这件老掉牙的旧家具扔掉吧。
    Let's get rid of this old furniture.