Today’s word of the day is: 菜 (cài) which means vegetable. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases and sentences with 菜 (cài).
菜单 (cài dān) Menu
The first word is 菜单 (cài dān) which is a noun that means menu. A way of using it in a sentence is: 请给我看一下菜单。(Qǐng gěi wǒ kàn yī xià cài dān.) Please show me the menu.
小菜 (xiǎo cài) Side dish
Another word we can create with 菜 (cài) is 小菜 (xiǎo cài). This is a noun that means side dish. Let’s again look at each character of this word, 小 means small and 菜 means vegetable. A way of using it in a sentence is 饭前上来的小菜很开胃。(Fàn qián shàng lái de xiǎo cài hěn kāi wèi.) The side dishes that come before the meal are very appetizing.
菜花 (cài huā) Caulifllower
Finally we can create the word 菜花 (cài huā) cauliflower, which is a noun that means cauliflower. The 花 here means flower. A way of using it in a sentence is 蒸熟的菜花配上特制酱汁非常美味。(zhēng shú de cài huā pèi shàng tè zhì jiàng zhī fēi cháng měi wèi.) Steamed cauliflower with a special sauce is very delicious.