Today’s word of the day is 自 (zì) which means self. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 自 (zì).
自己 (zì jǐ) Oneself
The first word is 自己 (zì jǐ) which means oneself. A way of using it in a sentence is: 你有自己的房子吗？ (Nǐ yǒu zìjǐ de fángzi ma?) Do you have your own house? This is a very important question in Chinese culture when it comes to dating.
自动 (zì dòng) Automatic
Another word we can create with 自 (zì) is 自动 (zì dòng). This means automatic. Let’s look at each character of this word, 自 means self and 动means moving. A way of using it in a sentence is 这门会自动锁上。(Zhè mén huì zìdòng suǒ shàng.) This door will lock automatically.
自然 (zì rán) Natural
Finally, we can create the word 自然 (zì rán) which means natural. A way of using it in a sentence is 说中文对我来说很自然。(Shuō zhōngwén duì wǒ lái shuō hěn zìrán.) Speaking Chinese comes naturally to me.