Today’s word of the day is 问 (wèn) which means ‘to ask’. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 问 (wèn).
问题 (wèn tí) Problem / Question
The first word is 问题 (wèn tí) which means ‘problem’ or ‘question’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 问 means ‘to ask’ and 题 means ‘topic’. A way of using it in a sentence is 这个问题太难了，我不知道怎么解决。(Zhè ge wèn tí tài nán le, wǒ bù zhī dào zěn me jiě jué.) This problem is too difficult, I don't know how to solve it.
问候 (wèn hòu) To greet
Another word we can create with 问 (wèn) is 问候 (wèn hòu). This means ‘to greet’. A way of using it in a sentence is 我刚刚给他打了电话，向他表示了问候。(Wǒ gāng gāng gěi tā dǎ le diàn huà, xiàng tā biǎo shì le wèn hòu.) I just called him and greeted him over the phone.
问答 (wèn dá) Question and Answer
Finally, we can create the word 问答 (wèn dá) which means question and answer or Q&A. The 答here literally means ‘answer’. A way of using it in a sentence is 这个讲座之后，会有一段时间的问答环节，大家可以提出自己的问题。(Zhè ge jiǎng zuò zhī hòu, huì yǒu yī duàn shí jiān de wèn dá huán jié, dà jiā kě yǐ tí chū zì jǐ de wèn tí.) There will be a Q&A session after this lecture, and everyone can ask their own questions.