Today’s word of the day is 赛 (sài) [REPEAT] which means to compete. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 赛 (sài).
比赛 (bǐ sài) Competition
The first word is 比赛 (bǐ sài) which is a noun that means game or competition. Let’s look at each character of this word, 比 means to compare and 赛 (sài) means to compete. A way of using it in a sentence is 今天晚上有足球比赛。(Jīntiān wǎnshàng yǒu zúqiú bǐsài.) There is a soccer game tonight.
决赛 (jué sài) Finals
Another word we can create with 赛 (sài) is 决赛 (jué sài). This means the finals of a competition. Let’s again look at each character of this word, 决 means determining and 赛means to compete. A way of using it in a sentence is 他并没有在决赛发挥他的最佳水平。(Tā bìng méiyǒu zài juésài fāhuī tā de zuì jiā shuǐpíng.) He did not play his best in the finals. You can use this after you have seen the final game of a competition and the star player didn’t showcase the best of his abilities.
参赛 (cān sài) To participate
Finally, we can create the word 参赛 (cān sài) which means ‘to participate’ in a competition. The 参here means to participate. Many competitions have an age limit on participation, so you may see this sentence in the guidelines for joining a competition. 十八岁以上的人均可参赛。(Shíbā suì yǐshàng de rénjūn kě cānsài.) Anyone over the age of 18 can participate in the competition.