Today’s word of the day is 鼠 (shǔ) which means ‘rat’. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 鼠 (shǔ).
鼠标 (shǔ biāo) Computer mouse
The first word is 鼠标 (shǔ biāo) which means ‘computer mouse’. A way of using it in a sentence is 这个电脑需要一个鼠标才能操作。 (Zhège diànnǎo xūyào yīgè shǔbiāo cái néng cāozuò.) This computer needs a mouse to operate.
袋鼠 (dài shǔ) Kangaroo
Another word we can create with 鼠 (shǔ) is 袋鼠 (dài shǔ). This is a noun that means kangaroo. Let’s again look at each character of this word, 袋 means ‘bag’ and 鼠 means ‘mouse’. A way of using it in a sentence is 澳大利亚是袋鼠的故乡。(Àodàlìyà shì dàishǔ de gùxiāng) Australia is the home to kangaroos.
贼鼠同穴 (zéi shǔ tóng xué) Birds of a feather flock together
Finally we can create the idiom 贼鼠同穴 (zéi shǔ tóng xué) which in English means birds of a feather flock together. However, the literal translation is ‘rats in the same hole’ 他们是贼鼠同穴，所以总是一起出门玩。 (Tāmen shì zéi shǔ tóng xué, suǒyǐ zǒng shì yīqǐ chūmén wán.) They are birds of a feather, so they always go out together to have.