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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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东方
dōngfāng
EAST
南方
nánfāng
SOUTH
西方
xīfāng
WEST
方面
fāngmiàn
ASPECT
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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!
In today’s world there isn’t a place that would be completely safe.
现在 的 世界 没有 完全 安全 的 地方。
Xiànzài de shìjiè méiyǒu wánquán ānquán de dìfang.
The tearoom is a place where we drink tea.
茶馆 是 喝茶 的 地方。
Cháguǎn shì hē chá de dìfāng.
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.
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 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

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.
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.
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.
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 efficient method.
这个 是 最 有效 的 方法。
Zhège shì zuì yǒuxiào de fāngfǎ.

 

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.
For me thursday is the best.
对 我 来 说,星期四 最 方便。
<Duì wǒ lái shuō, xīngqīsì zuì fāngbiàn.>
Is tomorrow good for you?
你 明天 方便 吗?
Nǐ míngtiān fāngbiàn ma?
What is the most convenient way to get there?
怎么 去 最 方便?
Zěnme qù zuì fāngbiàn?
Tomorrow doesn’t work for me.
我 明天 不 方便。
Wǒ míngtiān bù fāngbiàn.
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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