Today’s word of the day is 小 (xiǎo) which means small.
小时 (xiǎo shí) Hour
The first word is 小时 (xiǎo shí) which means ‘hour’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 小means small and 时 (shí) means time. A way of using it in a sentence is 我哥哥每天只工作三个小时。(Wǒ gēge měitiān zhǐ gōngzuò sān gè xiǎoshí.) My older brother only works three hours a day.
小费 (xiǎo fèi) Tip
Another word we can create with 小 (xiǎo) is 小费 (xiǎo fèi). This means tip. Let’s again look at each character of this word, 小 means small and 费means fee. A way of using it in a sentence is 他给了服务员很多小费。(Tā gěile fúwùyuán hěnduō xiǎofèi.) He gave a big tip to the waiter. A note here is that in China, people don’t generally give tips.
小气 (xiǎo qì) Stingy
Finally, we can create the word 小气 (xiǎo qì) which means stingy. The 气here means energy. A way of using it in a sentence is 她很小气。 (Tā hěn xiǎoqì.) She is very stingy.