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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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方向
fāngxiàng
DIRECTION
东方
dōngfāng
EAST
方式
fāngshì
STYLE
北方
běifāng
NORTH
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PLACE

PLACE
地方
dìfang

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!
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.
How far is the place that we go to?
我们 去 的 地方 多 远?
Wǒmen qù de dìfāng duō yuǎn?
The tearoom is a place where we drink tea.
茶馆 是 喝茶 的 地方。
Cháguǎn shì hē chá de dìfāng.
The library is a place where we borrow books.
图书馆 是 借书 的 地方。
Túshū guǎn shì jiè shū de dìfang.
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

This is the most ideal method.
这 是 最 理想 的 方法。
Zhè shì zuì lǐxiǎng de fāngfǎ.
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.
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 study method doesn't have any results.
这个 学习 方法 没有 效果。
Zhège xuéxí fāngfǎ méiyǒu xiàoguǒ.
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.

 

CONVENIENT

(to be) CONVENIENT
方便
fāngbiàn

Tomorrow doesn’t work for me.
我 明天 不 方便。
Wǒ míngtiān bù fāngbiàn.
Alipay is very convenient.
支付宝 非常 方便。
Zhīfùbǎo fēicháng 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.>
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?

 

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

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.
I got used to the northern climate.
我 习惯 了 北方 的 气候。
Wǒ xíguàn le běifāng de qìhòu.

 

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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