Today’s word of the day is 散 (sàn) which means ‘to scatter'. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 散 (sàn).
散步 (sàn bù) To take a walk
The first word is 散步 (sàn bù) which means ‘to take a walk’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 散 means ‘to scatter' and 步 (bù) means ‘step’. A way of using it in a sentence is 我吃饭后常常散步。(Wǒ chīfàn hòu chángcháng sànbù.) I often take a walk after eating.
分散 (fēn sàn) To disperse
Another word we can create with 散 (sàn) is 分散 (fēn sàn). This is a noun that means ‘to disperse’. Let’s again look at each character of this word, 分 means to separate and 散means to scatter. A way of using it in a sentence is 这部电视剧分散了我的注意力。(Zhè bù diànshìjù fēnsànle wǒ de zhùyì lì.) This drama distracted me, or more literally, this drama dispersed my attention.
散心 (sàn xīn) To relax
Finally, we can create the word 散心 (sàn xīn) which means ‘to relax’. The 心here means ‘heart’. A way of using it in a sentence is 我心情不好，陪我出去散散心好吗？(Wǒ xīnqíng bù hǎo, péi wǒ chūqù sàn sànxīn hǎo ma?) I’m not in a good mood, can you accompany me to go and relax? You can say this to a friend when you are in a bad mood and you just need a friend to hang out with.