Today’s word of the day is 铁 (tiě) which is a noun that means iron. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 铁 (tiě).
地铁 (dì tiě) Subway
The first word is 地铁 (dì tiě) which means ‘subway’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 地 means ground, and 铁 (tiě) means iron. A way of using it in a sentence is: 最近的地铁站在哪里? (Zuìjìn de dìtiě zhàn zài nǎlǐ?) Where is the closest subway station?
拿铁 (ná tiě) Latté
Another word we can create with 铁 (tiě) is 拿铁 (ná tiě). This means ‘latté’. It is a phonetic translation. A way of using it in a sentence is 我要一杯抹茶拿铁。(Wǒ yào yībēi mǒchá ná tiě.) I would like a cup of matcha latte.
铁饭碗 (tiě fàn wǎn) Job for life
Finally, we can create the word 铁饭碗 (tiě fàn wǎn) which means a job for life. The word literally means ‘Iron rice bowl’. A way of using it in a sentence is 人到底应不应该找个铁饭碗的工作？ (Rén dàodǐ yìng bù yìng gāi zhǎo gè tiě fànwǎn de gōngzuò?) Should one find a job for life?