Sheng

sheng

[shēng] a LIFE, to LIVE, FRESH, NEW, to PRODUCE

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Chinese characters evolved for thousands of years.

Yet it is still possible to see the origins of some of them.

is one of them. Bottom line represents the Earth, from which there is a flower growing. The flower branches out to sides and finally blossoms in the upper right side. 

Most of the meanings that  shēng carries have something to do with LIFE, FRESHNESS, PRODUCTION…

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出生
chūshēng
O
生孩子
shēngháizi
O
医生
yīshēng
O
生啤酒
shēngpíjiǔ
R
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Most often words:

出生 <chūshēng> (to go out+life) to be BORN 

 

Translate: WHAT YEAR WERE YOU BORN IN?

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你是哪一年出生的?

<Nǐ shì nǎyīnián chūshēng de?>

Used construction: CIRCUMSTANCES of the EVENT

 

生孩子 <shēng háizi> TO GIVE BIRTH to a CHILD

 

生日 <shēngri> (birth+day) a BIRTHDAY

 

Translate: WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY?  

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你的生日是几月几号?

<Nǐ de shēngrì shì jǐ yuè jǐ hào?>  

 

生活 <shēnghuó> (life+life) A LIFE, AN EXISTENCE

 

生啤酒 <shēngpíjiǔ> (fresh+beer) DRAFT BEER

 

Translate: I WANT ONE GLASS OF A DRAFT BEER. 

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我要一杯生啤酒。

<Wǒ yào yībēi shēng píjiǔ.>  

 

生词 <shēngcí> (fresh+word) NEW WORDS

 

Translate: TODAY I LEARNED MANY (lit. NOT LITTLE, NOT A FEW) NEW WORDS. 

key

我今天学了不少生词。

<Wǒ jīntiān xué le bùshǎo shēngcí.>  

今天我学了不少生词。

<Jīntiān wǒ xué le bùshǎo shēngcí.>

 

 <shēngyi> (to produce+idea) A BUSINESS

 

Translate: I CAN DO BUSINESS. 

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我会做生意。

<Wǒ huì zuò shēngyì.>  

 

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生气 <shēngqì> (to produce+energy) TO GET ANGRY

 

Translate: DON’T BE ANGRY!  

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别生气!

<Bié shēngqì!>  

 

生产 <shēngchǎn> (to produce+to produce) to PRODUCE

 

发生  <fāshēng> (to send+an existence) to HAPPEN

 

Translate: WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU? (lit. You sent to existence what matter?)

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你发生了什么事?

<Nǐ fāshēngle shénme shì?>  

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Words where  doesn’t have anything to do with LIFE – it is just a suffix:

先生 <xiānshēng> MR.

医生 <yīshēng> a DOCTOR

学生 <xuéshēng> a STUDENT

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女生 <nǚshēng> a MISS

男生 <nánshēng> a YOUNG MAN