Today’s word of the day is 西 (xī) which means ‘west’. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 西 (xī).
东西 (dōng xi) Things
The first word is 东西 (dōng xi) which means ‘things’ but if you look at each character of this word, 东 means east and 西 (xī) means west. A way of using it in a sentence is 我要买很多东西 。 (Wǒ yāomǎi hěnduō dōngxi.) I want to buy a lot of things.
西餐 (xī cān) Western food
Another word we can create with 西 (xī) is 西餐 (xī cān). This means western food. Let’s again look at each character of this word, 西 means west and 餐means meal, so it literally refers to food traditionally eaten in western countries such as steak, pizza, and spaghetti. A way of using it in a sentence is 西餐很方便。 (Xīcān hěn fāngbiàn.) Western food is convenient.
西装 (xī zhuāng) Suit
Finally, we can create the word 西装 (xī zhuāng) which means suit. 装 means outfit, so literally referring to outfits traditionally worn in the western world – the suit. A way of using it in a sentence is 他穿西装的样子真帅。(Tā chuān xīzhuāng de yàngzi zhēn shuài.) He looks very handsome in a suit.