Today’s word of the day is 原 (yuán) which means ‘original’. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 原 (yuán).
原因 (yuán yīn) Reason
The first word is 原因 (yuán yīn) which means ‘reason’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 原 means original and 因 (yīn) means cause. A way of using it in a sentence is: 他没来参加会议的原因是他生病了。(Tā méi lái cānjiā huìyì de yuányīn shì tā shēngbìngle.) The reason why he didn’t come to the meeting is that he was sick.
原始 (yuán shǐ) Primitive
Another word we can create with 原 (yuán) is 原始 (yuán shǐ). This means ‘primitive’. Let’s again look at each character of this word, 原 means ‘original’ and 始means ‘start’. A way of using it in a sentence is 原始人靠打猎和捕鱼为生。(Yuánshǐ rén kào dǎliè hé bǔ yú wéi shēng.) Primitive people relied on hunting and fishing to survive.
原谅 (yuán liàng) To forgive
Finally, we can create the word 原谅 (yuán liàng) which means ‘to forgive’. The 谅 here means to understand. A way of using it in a sentence is 我们要学习原谅自己。(Wǒmen yào xuéxí yuánliàng zìjǐ.) We need to learn how to forgive ourselves.