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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Chinese Jokes 03




zhī zhǐ is what the chinese aptly call a 多音字, that is to say a polyphonic character, a character with several several different pronunciations. The meaning changes along with the pronunciation. In the text above, the character is pronounced zhǐand it means only, merely (... 没有任何其他) 只是, 只有. zhī is also used as a partitive for , , , , , etc.


qióng (Etymology of . Consider the traditional form: . A phonosemantic character. The phonetic element is gōng, which means to bow. By extension, someone crouching in a cave is a close description of a poor person.) Don’t mix with láo. Remember that the idea of poverty is associated with the radical xué, which means cave.

吹牛chuīniú What a funny way to say ‚to brag, to boast’: blow the cow.

富有fùyǒu Abundance, richness is suggested by fields piled high , and their harvest under the roof of a storage room. Here are some of derivates: fú. Notice that only is pronounced with a fourth tone, al the rest are pronounced with a second tone.

天上飞的 tiānshàngfēide everything that flies

地上跑的 dìshàngpǎode everything that walks the surface of the earth

急急忙忙 jíjímángmáng in a hurry

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