Today’s word of the day is 交 (jiāo) which means to connect. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 交 (jiāo).
交流 (jiāo liú) To exchange (Mainly used for the exchange of intangible concepts)
The first word is 交流 (jiāo liú) which is a verb that means to exchange. Let’s look at each character of this word, 交 means to connect and 流 means to flow. A way of using it in a sentence is: 语言是人们交流思想的工具。(Yǔyán shì rénmen jiāoliú sīxiǎng de gōngjù.) Language is a tool for people to exchange ideas.
交流 (jiāo huàn) To exchange (Mainly used for the exchange of tangible items)
Whereas 交流 is used to show the exchange of something intangible like ideas. Another word we can create with 交) is 交换 (jiāohuàn) which means ‘to exchange’, but for things that are tangible. One sentence is 你可以跟我交换房间吗？(Nǐ kěyǐ gēn wǒ jiāohuàn fángjiān ma?) Can you exchange rooms with me?
交通 (jiāo tōng) Transportation
Finally, we can create the word 交通 (jiāo tōng) which means transportation. A way of using it in a sentence is 我们在交通上的花费不少。(Wǒmen zài jiāotōng shàng de huāfèi bù shǎo.) We spend a lot on transportation.