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 /fāng/ – primary meaning is SQUARE

SQUARE is a practical shape – probably that’s why 方便 /fāngbiàn/ means PRACTICAL, CONVENIENT

We use a SQUARE to determine A PLACE 地方 /dìfang/

Different PLACES have different STYLES (of living): STYLE 方式 /fāngshì/

STYLE is a sum of METHODS, METHOD is 方法 /fāngfǎ/

NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST – these words are also built with  /fāng/…

 

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Pick the right character(s) for NORTH

北方
běifāng
NORTH
方向
fāngxiàng
DIRECTION
方式
fāngshì
STYLE
方法
fāngfǎ
METHOD
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PLACE

PLACE
地方
dìfang

The restaurant is a place where we eat.
饭馆 是 吃饭 的 地方。
Fànguǎn shì chīfàn de dìfāng.
I’m going to find a place with a better signal.
我 去 找 信号 好 一点 的 地方。
Wǒ qù zhǎo xìnhào hǎo yīdiǎn de dìfāng.
The embassy is a place where we handle our visa.
大使馆 是 办 签证 的 地方。
Dàshiguǎn shì bàn qiānzhèng de dìfāng.
How far is the place that we go to?
我们 去 的 地方 多 远?
Wǒmen qù de dìfāng duō yuǎn?
Is the place that we go to far?
我们 去 的 地方 远 吗?
Wǒmen qù de dìfāng yuǎn ma?
The company is a place where we work.
公司 是 我们 上班 的 地方。
Gōngsī shì wǒmen shàngbān de dìfāng.

 

METHOD / STYLE

METHOD
方法
fāngfǎ
STYLE
方式
fāngshì

One should work with paying attention to method and style .
做 工作 应该 注意 方式 和 方法。
Zuò gōngzuò yīnggāi zhùyì fāngshì hé fāngfǎ.
This is the most ideal method.
这 是 最 理想 的 方法。
Zhè shì zuì lǐxiǎng de fāngfǎ.
Trains are likely the most efficient mode of travel.
火车 可能 是 最 有效 的 旅行 方式。
Huǒchē kěnéng shì zuì yǒuxiào de lǚxíng fāngshì.
Life-style in Europe and Asia is different.
欧洲 和 亚洲 的 生活 方式 不一样。
Ōuzhōu hé Yāzhōu de shēnghuó fāngshì bù yīyàng.
This is the most efficient method.
这个 是 最 有效 的 方法。
Zhège shì zuì yǒuxiào de fāngfǎ.
This study method doesn't have any results.
这个 学习 方法 没有 效果。
Zhège xuéxí fāngfǎ méiyǒu xiàoguǒ.

 

CONVENIENT

(to be) CONVENIENT
方便
fāngbiàn

It is more convenient to go by subway than by bus.
坐 地铁 比 坐 公共汽车 方便。
Zuò dìtiě bǐ zuò gōnggòng qìchē fāngbiàn.
The most convenient way how to get from Beijing to Shanghai is to take the train.
从 北京 到 上海 坐 火车 最 方便。
<Cóng Běijīng dào Shànghǎi zuò huǒchē zuì fāngbiàn.>
Tomorrow doesn’t work for me.
我 明天 不 方便。
Wǒ míngtiān bù fāngbiàn.
What is the most convenient way to get there?
怎么 去 最 方便?
Zěnme qù zuì fāngbiàn?
Alipay is very convenient.
支付宝 非常 方便。
Zhīfùbǎo fēicháng fāngbiàn.
Alipay is very convenient. You don't need to carry a wallet when you leave home.
支付宝 非常 方便。出门 时 不用 带 钱包。
Zhīfùbǎo fēicháng fāngbiàn. Chūmén shí bù yòng dài qiánbāo.

 

ASPECT

ASPECT
方面
fāngmiàn

We will consider other aspects.
我们 还 要 考虑 其他 方面。
Wǒmen hái yào kǎolǜ qítā fāngmiàn.

 

NORTH-SOUTH...

NORTH
北方
běifāng
SOUTH
南方
nánfāng
EAST
东方
dōngfāng
WEST
西方
xīfāng

I got used to the northern climate.
我 习惯 了 北方 的 气候。
Wǒ xíguàn le běifāng de qìhòu.
This is a bit complicated for the men from the south.
这个 对 南方 的 男人 有点 难。
Zhège duì nánfāng de nánrén yǒudiǎn nán.

 

ORIENTATION

DIRECTION
方向
fāngxiàng

Excuse me, (in) which direction is Ximen?
请问 西门 是 什么 方向?
Qǐngwèn Xīmén shì shénme fāngxiàng?

 

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