Today’s word of the day is: 青 (qīng) which means young or in some situations can refer to the color blue or green. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 青 (qīng).
青年 (qīng nián) Youthful years
The first word is 青年 (qīng nián) which means ‘youthful years’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 青 means young and 年 means years. A question I saw on the internet was 青年,中年,老年的年龄段如何划分? (Qīngnián, zhōng nián, lǎonián de niánlíng duàn rúhé huàfēn?) How do you divide the youthful, middle-, and old age into categories?
青春 (qīng chūn) Youth
Another word we can create with 青 (qīng) is 青春 (qīng chūn) which means ‘youth’. Let’s again look at each character of this word, 青 means young, and 春 means spring, the season of new beginnings. A way of using it in a sentence is 别浪费你的青春。(Bié làngfèi nǐ de qīngchūn.) Don’t waste your youth.
青菜 (qīng cài) Vegetables
Finally, we can create the word 青菜 (qīng cài) which is a noun that means vegetables. Here we can see the meaning of 青 (qīng) change to the color green. A way of using it in a sentence is 把你的青菜吃光! (Bǎ nǐ de qīngcài chī guāng.) Eat up all of your vegetables.