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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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南方
nánfāng
SOUTH
方向
fāngxiàng
DIRECTION
方面
fāngmiàn
ASPECT
东方
dōngfāng
EAST
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PLACE

PLACE
地方
dìfang

There are too many people here, we better go to another place.
这里 人 太 多,我们 还是 去 别的 地方 吧!
Zhèli rén tài duō, wǒmen háishì qù bié dì dìfāng ba!
The company is a place where we work.
公司 是 我们 上班 的 地方。
Gōngsī shì wǒmen shàngbān de dìfāng.
It is too crowded here, we better go to another place.
这里 太 热闹,我们 还是 去 别的 地方 吧!
Zhèli tài rènào, wǒmen háishì qù bié dì dìfāng ba!
The tearoom is a place where we drink tea.
茶馆 是 喝茶 的 地方。
Cháguǎn shì hē chá de dìfāng.
Let's go somewhere else.
我们 去 别的 地方 吧!
Wǒmen qù biéde dìfang ba!
There still are some places that are quite safe.
还 有 一些 比较 安全 的 地方。
Hái yǒu yīxiē bǐjiào ānquán 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.
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 is the most ideal method.
这 是 最 理想 的 方法。
Zhè shì zuì lǐxiǎng 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.
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.

 

CONVENIENT

(to be) CONVENIENT
方便
fāngbiàn

What is the most convenient way to get there?
怎么 去 最 方便?
Zěnme qù zuì fāngbiàn?
For me thursday is the best.
对 我 来 说,星期四 最 方便。
<Duì wǒ lái shuō, xīngqīsì zuì 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.
Tomorrow doesn’t work for me.
我 明天 不 方便。
Wǒ míngtiān bù 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.
It is the most convenient (way) to take the subway.
坐 地铁 最 方便。
Zuò dìtiě zuì fāngbiàn.

 

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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