May 12, 2019

5 Primary Words of Weather You Need to Know in Chinese

If you haven’t read the Part I of the topic: 5 Primary Characters of Weather You Need to Know in Chinese, check it out first!

Here we continue our theme for weather. In Part I, we learnt the five essential characters related to weather:  天 (sky/day), 气 (air), 雨 (rain), 云 (cloud), 风 (wind) which are all single-characters. However, in spoken Chinese, or more generally, in Modern Chinese, two-character words are used more often while single-character forms used more in Chinese idioms.

So, here we want to show you what two-character words you’ll encounter when talking about weather.

天 (Sky) + 气 (Air) = 天气 (Weather)

As you may already know, air is one of the main factors that influence weather. The traditional form is 天氣.

天氣/天气 pinyin: tiān qì; Weather

雨 (Rainy) + 天 (Sky/day) = 雨天 (Rainy day)

What do you usually do on a rainy day? Here are some 雨天 activities to help you embrace it joyfully. Or, listen to the song of 2006: “Rainy Day” sung by Yan-zi Sun, a Mandopop sensation from Singapore, to indulge in nostalgia.

雨天 pinyin: yǔ tiān; Rainy day

大 (Big) + 风 (Wind) = 大风 (Strong wind/gale) [literally] (big wind)

The traditional form is 大風.

大風/大风 pinyin: dà fēng; Strong wind; gale

大 (Big) + 雨 (Rain) = 大雨 (Heavy rain) [literally] (big rain)

大 (Big) + 风 (Wind) + 雨 (Rain) = 大风雨 (Severe storm) [literally] (big wind rain)

The traditional form is 大風雨.

大风雨 pinyin: dà fēng yǔ; Severe storm

By Kelly Chen | A Super Chineasian

Kelly is a dreamer and a traveler, who loves to study of individuals, groups, or organisations and all the activities associated with the purchase behaviour, including the consumer's emotional, mental and behavioural responses.

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