Today’s word of the day is 南 (nán) which means ‘south’. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 南 (nán).
越南 (yuè nán) Vietnam
The first word is 越南 (yuè nán) which means Vietnam. A way of using it in a sentence is: 你去过越南吗？ (Nǐ qùguò yuènán ma?) Have you been to Vietnam before?
南美洲 (nán měizhōu) South America
Another word we can create with 南 (nán) is 南美洲 (nán měizhōu). This means South America. Let’s look at each character of this word, 南 means south and 美洲 means America. A way of using it in a sentence is 我想去南美洲生活。(Wǒ xiǎng qù nán měizhōu shēnghuó.) I want to go and live in South America.
南瓜 (nán guā) Pumpkin
Finally, we can create the word 南瓜 (nán guā) which is a noun that means pumpkin. The 瓜 here means melon, so it literally means ‘southern melon’. A way of using it in a sentence is 万圣节为什么要做南瓜灯？(Wànshèngjié wèishénme yào zuò nánguā dēng?) Why are lanterns made from pumpkins during Halloween?