Today’s word of the day is 水 (shuǐ) which is a noun that means water. Let’s practice making different words, phrases, and sentences with 水 (shuǐ).
洪水 (hóng shuǐ) Flood
The first word is 洪水 (hóng shuǐ) which means ‘flood’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 洪 means vast and 水 means water, so it literally refers to vast amounts of water. A way of using it in a sentence is: 洪水造成了很大的損害。(Hóngshuǐ zàochéngle hěn dà de sǔnhài.) The flood caused a lot of damage.
薪水 (xīn shuǐ) Salary
Another word we can create with 水 (shuǐ) is 薪水 (xīn shuǐ). This means ‘salary’. A way of using it in a sentence is 我向老板提出了增加薪水的要求。(Wǒ xiàng lǎobǎn tíchūle zēngjiā xīnshuǐ de yāoqiú.) I made a request to my boss to increase my salary.
开水 (kāi shuǐ) Boiled water
Finally, we can create the word 开水 (kāi shuǐ) which means boiled water. A way of using it in a sentence is 中国人喜欢喝开水。(Zhōngguó rén xǐhuān hē kāishuǐ.) Chinese people like to drink boiled water. Yes, that’s a fun fact for you today. Chinese people generally prefer to drink hot water that has been boiled and tend to eat cooked hot food too in general unlike in the western world where iced water and salads are more prevalent.