Today’s word of the day is 食 (shí) which means ‘food’. Let’s practice making different words, phrases, and sentences with 食 (shí).
素食 (sù shí) Vegetarian food
The first word is 素食 (sù shí) which means ‘vegetarian food’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 素 means ‘vegetable’ and 食means food. A way of using it in a sentence is 我喜欢吃素食。 (Wǒ xǐhuan chī sùshí.) I like eating vegetarian food.
食堂 (shí táng) Canteen
Another word we can create with 食 (shí) is 食堂 (shí táng). This is a noun that means ‘canteen. Let’s look at each character of this word, 食 means ‘food’, and 堂 means hall’. A way of using it in a sentence is 食堂在哪儿？(Shítáng zài nǎ'er?) Where is the canteen?
饮食 (yǐn shí) Diet
Finally, we can create the word 饮食 (yǐn shí) which is a noun that means ‘diet’. The 饮here means ‘to drink’. A way of using it in a sentence is 我要改变我的饮食吗？(Wǒ yào gǎibiàn wǒ de yǐnshí ma?) Do I have to change my diet? This is a question you can ask a dietician for example.