Today’s word of the day is 裂 (liè) which means ‘crack’. Let’s practice making different words, phrases, and sentences with 裂 (liè).
裂开 (liè kāi) To split
The first word is 裂开 (liè kāi) which means ‘to split’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 裂 means ‘crack’, and 开 means ‘open’. A way of using it in a sentence is: 口袋裂开了。(Kǒudài liè kāile.) The bag split open.
分裂 (fēn liè) To split up
Another word we can create with 裂 (liè) is 分裂 (fēn liè). This means ‘to split up’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 分 means ‘to divide’, and 裂 means ‘crack’. A way of using it in a sentence is 阶级差异会造成国家的分裂。(Jiējí chāyì huì zàochéng guójiā de fēnliè.) Class differences can split up a nation.
裂口 (liè kǒu) Gap
Finally, we can create the word 裂口 (liè kǒu) which means a ‘gap’. The 口 here means ‘mouth’. Did you know that the Chinese word for grin is 裂口笑 (liè kǒu xiào)? This literally means a ‘gap smile’