Today’s word of the day is 念 (niàn) which means ‘to miss’. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 念 (niàn).
想念 (xiǎng niàn) To long for
The first word is 想念 (xiǎng niàn) which means ‘to long for’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 想 means ‘to remember’ or ‘to think’ and 念means ‘to miss’. A way of using it in a sentence is: 不论你在哪里，我都会想念你。(Búlùn nǐ zài nǎlǐ, wǒ dōuhuì xiǎngniàn nǐ.) Wherever you are, I will always long for you.
纪念 (jì niàn) Anniversary
Another word we can create with 念 (niàn) is 纪念 (jì niàn). This means ‘anniversary’. A way of using it in a sentence is 今天是我们的结婚纪念日, 你在哪里？(Jīntiān shì wǒmen de jiéhūn jìniàn rì, nǐ zài nǎlǐ?) Today is our wedding anniversary, where are you?
怀念 (huái niàn) To cherish
Finally, we can create the word 怀念 (huái niàn) which means ‘to cherish’. A way of using it in a sentence is 我怀念那些我们在一起的日子。(Wǒ huáiniàn nàxiē wǒmen zài yīqǐ de rìzi.) I cherish those days when we were together.