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This post is part 2 of Mandarin characters we can learn from Snoop Dogg's Gin and Juice. I highly suggest reading part 1 here before you read this.
As you can clearly see from the VIP party photo in St. Tropez, Snoop can definitely make good on his Gin & Juice promises of drinking & partying, with, um "guests" who "aint leavin til six in the mornin"...
Now following where we left off in the last post, if you are up all night partying & drinking 啤酒 pí jiŭ and you still have guests, it is only polite to feed them because they will be 饿 - è - hungry.
Does that character look familiar? The right half is 我 - wǒ - I, me or my.
The left half again looks similar to a person thinking, with their head down.
If you're thinking about yourself/your body, you must be 饿 - è - hungry.
In addition, you will probably be 渴 - kĕ - thirsty and want to 喝 - hē - drink some 水 - shuĭ - water.
The left half of 渴 kĕ again has a 3 line radical for 'water'.
|The left half of 喝 - hē is an open mouth.
|The right half of both 渴 & 喝 can be thought of as a hot sun overhead, which makes you thirsty, so you go inside to have a drink. The box is a house with a little 人 - rén - person inside.|
Soooo we now have all the characters that I originally got me started thinking about this.
wŏ->qián->píng pí jiŭ->è->kĕ->hē->shuĭ
I am worried about money and having a beer. If I drink I'll get hungry and thirsty. I better drink some water.
Granted, in retrospect, this could have been a much shorter entry but, eh, what can you do.
Now - supplementary vocab!
If you liked the sun reference above, then 早 zǎo is the sun rising over the horizon line. If you liked rappers, then the top is a face and the bottom is a cross necklace being worn.
There seem to be a lot of ways to say party so I'll pick one, 晚会 - wǎn huì, because 晚 wǎn is evening and is very common word. I have a way to remember this but honestly it's a stretch even for me so I won't try to explain.
And if you party in China, you will get more than your fair share of people who 抽烟 - chōu yān - to smoke (cigarettes).
抽- chōu is a hand (left) putting a stick into a mouth.
烟- yān reminds me of a person standing next to a hospital bed, which is where you will be if you smoke cigarettes.
All of this thanks to Snoop Dogg's Gin and Juice. Yay learning!
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