Today’s word of the day is 灯 (dēng) which is a noun that means light. Let’s practice making different words, phrases, and sentences with 灯 (dēng).
The first word is 灯笼 (dēnglóng) which is a noun that means lantern. Let’s look at each character of this word, 灯 means light, and 笼 means cage. A way of using it in a sentence is 中国人通常会在门前挂上红色的灯笼来庆祝春节。(Zhōngguó rén tōngcháng huì zài mén qián guà shàng hóngsè de dēnglóng lái qìngzhù chūnjié.) Chinese people usually hang red lanterns in front of their doors to celebrate the Spring Festival.
红灯 (hóng dēng) Red light
Another word we can create with 灯 (dēng) is 红灯 (hóng dēng). This means red light. Again, looking at each character of this word, 红 means red and 灯 means light. A way of using it in a sentence is 当交通灯变成红灯的时候，行人必须停在马路边。(Dāng jiāotōng dēng biàn chéng hóng dēng de shíhou, xíngrén bìxū tíng zài mǎlù biān.) When the traffic light turns red, pedestrians must stop at the side of the road.
荧光灯 (yíng guāng dēng) Fluorescent light
Finally, we can create the word 荧光灯 (yíng guāng dēng) which means fluorescent light. A way of using it in a sentence is 这间房间的荧光灯有点刺眼。(Zhè jiān fángjiān de yíng guāng dēng yǒudiǎn cìyǎn.) The fluorescent light in this room is a bit harsh.