Today’s word of the day is 教 (jiào) which means ‘to teach’ Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 教 (jiào).
教练 (jiào liàn) Instructor
The first word is 教练 (jiào liàn) which means coach or instructor. 教 means to teach and 练 means to practice. A way of using it in a sentence is 我的游泳教练很严格。(Wǒ de yóuyǒng jiàoliàn hěn yángé.) My swimming coach is very strict.
教堂 (jiào táng) Church
Another word we can create with 教 (Jiào) is 教堂 (jiào táng). This is a noun that means church. Let’s again look at each character of this word, 教 means ‘to teach’ and 堂means ‘hall’. A way of using it in a sentence is 周日我去教堂做义工。(Zhōu rì wǒ qù jiào táng zuò yì gōng.) I volunteer at the church on Sundays.
教师 (jiào shī) Teacher
Finally, we can create the word 教师 (jiào shī) which is a noun that means teacher, this is less colloquial than 老师 which also means teacher. A way of using it in a sentence is 我的数学教师非常耐心。(Wǒ de shùxué jiàoshī fēicháng nàixīn.) My math teacher is very patient.