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  • táo - peach

    Another 兆 word today. Possibly the only other one I have come across in its natural enviornment (i.e. not in a dictionary). It means peach, which reminds me. I should, once I have learnt all the animals, learn all the fruits and plants and foods. Yet more lists to learn, but I think the more the better. I can start the food list with peach, walnut and cherry, each of which include this hanzi.

    桃花运 - taóhuāyùn - luck in love, romance, good luck

  • tiào tiáo taó diào - jump, bounce; dance

    It seems I lied yesterday when I said that it was the only tiao word I had come across in its natural setting.

  • taó - escape, dodge

    I first came across this 汉字 while trying to read 丁丁, and one the first page was the phrase, 逃之夭夭, describing how one of the villans had made a getaway. So began my interest in all things 兆.

    逃之夭夭 - taózhīyaōyaō - escape, make a getaway (from the scene of a crime)

  • zhaò - omen, million, million million, trillion

  • yàn - feast

    Went to a fancy(ish) dinner in college today, so today's hanzi is 宴, meaning feast, which is probably not the world's most useful word. That is all for now.

  • yán - research; grind

    Had my lab's Away Day today and had to present my research, which went quite well. So today's 汉字 is research themed. I like how this word means both 'research' and 'grind', which often seem similar. It is also interesting that the radical is 石. I think it has something to do with an alchemical past, but that's just a guess.

    我是研究生.
    I'm a graduate student.

  • xié - shoes

    Well, after not buying anything in Bicester, I bought some shoes today because the laces in my current pair have almost worn through. 鞋 has come up on my flashcards and is in A Key to Chinese Speech and Writing.

  • gòu - buy

    We went to Bicester village today, so I thought I'd choose a shopping word, not that I actually bought anything there. I had learnt that shopping in Chinese was 买东西 (mǎi dōngxi - literally 'buying things'), but in searching my dictionary I found that there is another way of saying it:

    购物 - gòuwù

  • - law

    This came up on the Anki flashcards - a tricky word for me to pronounce. This word later came up in multiple words on the Smart.fm Media courses.

    律师 - lǜshī - lawyer

  • táng - hall

    Went for dinner in 食堂 today for the first time this term and so the first time in months. I have to go several more times in the next few weeks to get my money's worth. I came across '堂' recently in the Anki flash cards, in the compound 教堂 - not what I'd call essential vocab, but 堂 itself is handy.

    天堂 - paradise