Learn More about Common Chinese Homophones!

Certain Chinese words have the same pronunciation, despite being completely different characters and of them may seem confusing. But fear not! As we will be breaking down and explaining some of these common Chinese homophones (同音字) to you today!

Cer­tain Chi­nese words have the same pro­nun­ci­a­tion, despite being com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters and of them may seem con­fus­ing. But fear not! As we will be break­ing down and explain­ing some of these com­mon Chi­nese homo­phones (同音字) to you today!

1. 记:记得 Def­i­n­i­tion: remem­ber
Exam­ple: 虽然很多年过去了,我还记得老师的金玉良言。
Trans­la­tion: Even though years have passed, I still remem­ber my teacher’s advice to me.

2. 既:既然
Def­i­n­i­tion: since
Exam­ple: 既然你想参加这个活动,你就应该赶紧报名。
Trans­la­tion: Since you want to par­tic­i­pate in this event, you should sign up for it ear­ly.

3. 计:计划
Def­i­n­i­tion: plan
Exam­ple: 爸爸计划在来临的周末带我们去动物园。
Trans­la­tion: Dad planned to bring us to the zoo this week­end.

4. 继:继续 Def­i­n­i­tion: con­tin­ue
xam­ple: 只要你继续努力,总有一天会成功的。
Trans­la­tion: As long as you con­tin­ue to work hard, you will def­i­nite­ly suc­ceed one day.

1. 带:带(物品)

Def­i­n­i­tion: to bring (someone/something)

Exam­ple: 上课时,我发现自己忘了带课本。

Trans­la­tion: Dur­ing class, I realised I had for­got­ten to bring my text­book.

2. 代:代替

Def­i­n­i­tion: to replace

Exam­ple: 由于丽文生病了,因此老师要我代替她上台表演。

Trans­la­tion: The teacher asked me to per­form on stage in place of Li Wen, as she has fall­en sick. 待:等待

Def­i­n­i­tion: to wait Exam­ple: 表演即将开始,请大家耐心等待。

Trans­la­tion: The per­for­mance will begin short­ly, please wait patient­ly. 戴:戴帽子

Def­i­n­i­tion: to wear/put on Exam­ple: 哥哥很喜欢戴帽子,每次出国都会买一个回来。

Trans­la­tion: Broth­er likes wear­ing a cap, he will always buy one home when­ev­er he trav­els over­seas.

Here at Think Teach Acad­e­my, we specif­i­cal­ly teach and explain sim­i­lar Chi­nese look-alike or sound-alike words, to give stu­dents expo­sure to these words and for them to learn to use each of them appro­pri­ate­ly.

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