会 <huì> TO BE ABLE TO, a GATHERING, a POTENTIAL
Human beings 人 meet with nature (represented by a cloud 云) and that forms a SKILL – people need to BE ABLE TO do stuff in order to survive in the wild.
But skills themselves aren’t enough. People need to GET TOGETHER, to MEET and share their skills.
In meeting of the Man and the Nature there is also a POTENTIAL – potential of a spiritual growth, when we realize that we are in mutual unity.
But man can remain in the nature just for a WHILE, because after that he needs to get back to the neo-liberal rat race.
You have already probably met this character in the meaning CAN, TO BE ABLE TO.
We have learned something, so we can do it: speak Chinese, for instance.
<Wǒ huì shuō yīdiǎn Zhōngwén.>
I can speak a little Chinese.
Translate: Can you speak Chinese?
Nǐ huì shuō Zhōngwén ma? [/expand]
Translate: There are many people, who can speak Chinese.
Huì shuō Zhōngwén de rén hěnduō.
Yǒu hěnduō rén huì shuō Zhōngwén.
<Wǒ huì zuò shēngyì.>
I can do business.
会 is also part of words that have something to do with GATHERINGS.
晚会 <wǎnhuì> (evening-gathering) A PARTY
Translate: In the evening we go to party to have fun.
Wǎnshàng wǒmen qù wǎnhuì wán. [/expand]
聚会 <jùhuì> A GATHERING
音乐会 <yīnyuè huì> A CONCERT
议会 <yìhuì> A PARLIAMENT
会议 <huìyì> A CONFERENCE
开会 <kāihuì> (to open-gathering) TO HAVE A MEETING
Another function is an indication of A POTENTIAL, or of a POTENTIAL FUTURE.
<Tā huì xǐhuan.>
He might like (it).
<Wǎnshàng kěnéng huì xiàyǔ.>
Perhaps it might rain in the evening.
Translate: There might be a lot of people at that party.
Wǎnhuì huì yǒu hěnduō rén. [/expand]
More in the chapter FUTURE.
会 is also part of the word OPPORTUNITY.
机会 <jīhuì> an OPPORTUNITY, a CHANCE
Translate: I’m very happy to have a chance to get to know you.
The last important meaning is A WHILE, A MOMENT:
一会(儿) <yīhuì(r)> A MOMENT, A WHILE
<Qǐng děng yīhuì.>
Please wait a moment.
Pick the right character(s) for A WHILE