Today’s word of the day is 部 (bù) which means ‘part’. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 部 (bù).
全部 (quán bù) All
The first word is 全部 (quán bù) which means ‘all’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 全means entire and 部 means ‘part’. A sentence you may hear this in is 全部给我出去! (Quánbù gěi wǒ chūqù.) All of you get out! You may hear this a lot in Chinese dramas.
部门 (bù mén) Department
Another word we can create with 部 (bù) is 部门 (bù mén). This means ‘department’. Let’s again look at each character of this word, 部 means part and 门means door. A question that you may be asked in a job interview is: 你最希望在哪个部门工作？ (Nǐ zuì xīwàng zài nǎge bùmén gōngzuò?) Which department do you most want to work in?
部 (bù) Measure word for movies
Finally, we should know that 部 can also be used as a measure word in Chinese. It can be a measure word for movies. 我昨天看了一部恐怖片。(Wǒ zuótiān kànle yī bù kǒngbù piàn.) I watched one horror movie yesterday.