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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 WEST

方法
fāngfǎ
METHOD
方面
fāngmiàn
ASPECT
西方
xīfāng
WEST
南方
nánfāng
SOUTH
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Let's go somewhere else.
我们 去 别的 地方 吧!
Wǒmen qù biéde dìfang ba!

 

METHOD / STYLE

METHOD
方法
fāngfǎ
STYLE
方式
fāngshì

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.
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

What is the most convenient way to get there?
怎么 去 最 方便?
Zěnme qù zuì 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.
Is tomorrow good for you?
你 明天 方便 吗?
Nǐ míngtiān fāngbiàn ma?
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.
It is the most convenient (way) to take the subway.
坐 地铁 最 方便。
Zuò dìtiě zuì fāngbiàn.
Tomorrow doesn’t work for me.
我 明天 不 方便。
Wǒ míngtiān bù 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?