Today’s word of the day is 倒 (dǎo) which means ‘to fall’. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 倒 (dǎo).
倒闭 (dǎo bì) To be bankrupt
The first word is 倒闭 (dǎo bì) which means ‘to fall’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 倒 means to fall and 闭 means shut. A way of using it in a sentence is 这家公司因经营不善而倒闭了。(Zhè jiā gōngsī yīn jīngyíng bùshàn ér dǎobìle.) This company went bankrupt due to poor management.
倒车 (dǎo chē) To change trains
Another word we can create with 倒 (dǎo) is 倒车 (dǎo chē). This means ‘to change trains’. 倒 means ‘to fall’ and 车 means ‘vehicle’. A way of using it in a sentence is 请在下一站倒车换乘地铁。(Qǐng zài xià yī zhàn dǎo chē huàn chéng dìtiě.) Please change trains at the next station.
倒霉 (dǎo méi) Unlucky
Finally, we can create the word 倒霉 (dǎo méi) which means unlucky. A way of using it in a sentence is 天真倒霉，出门就遇到下雨了。(Jīntiān zhēn dǎoméi, chūmén jiù yùdào xià yǔle.) Today is so unlucky; it started raining as soon as I went out.