The character consists of 音 /yīn/ SOUND and 心 /xīn/ HEART. 

We are looking at the “sound of heart”.

Chinese thinking doesn’t see mind and heart (emotions) as two divided phenomenons.

They are connected and they both are located in our hearts.

And just as a music instrument produces sounds 音 /yīn/, our mind produces THOUGHTS and IDEAS. It has its EXPECTATIONS and when we meet our EXPECTATIONS, we are SATISFIED.

Our mind (conscious) interprets the world around us and gives it MEANING and SENSE

In order to work properly, we have to be able to address our ATTENTION. 

So it is no surprise that we find 意 /yì/ in all of these words – and that is just a part – you will find here more.

TEST WHAT YOU KNOW

Pick the right character(s) for MEANING

满意
mǎnyì
SATISFIED
注意
zhùyì
ATTENTION (TO PAY)
同意
tóngyì
TO AGREE
意思
yìsi
MEANING
Pinyin 汉字
SOUND ON

LEARN NEW

SENSE

MEANING
意思
yìsi
INTERESTING
to be
有意思
yǒuyìsi

I am telling you, this book is really interesting.
我 给 你 说 这 本 书 真 有意思。
Wǒ gěi nǐ shuō zhè běn shū zhēn yǒuyìsi.
Sorry!
不好意思!
Bùhǎo yìsi!
Yesterday I watched a very interesting film.
我 昨天 看 了 很 有意思 的 电影。
<Wǒ zuótiān kànle hěn yǒuyìsi de diànyǐng.>

 

BUSINESS

BUSINESS
生意
shēngyì

I can do business.
我 会 做 生意。
Wǒ huì zuò shēngyì.

 

SATISFIED

SATISFIED
满意
mǎnyì

I am not satisfied with him either.
我 对 他 也 不 满意。
Wǒ duì tā yě bù mǎnyì.
I am very satisfied with my new car.
我 对 我的 新的 汽车 很 满意。
Wǒ duì wǒde xīn de qìchē hěn mǎnyì.

 

PAY ATTENTION

 

ATTENTION
(TO PAY)
注意
zhùyì

Please pay attention! This is very important.
请 注意!这个 很 重要。
Qǐng zhùyì! Zhège hěn zhòngyào.
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.

 

OBJECTION

OBJECTION
意见
yìjiàn

Do you have any objections?
你 有 意见 吗?
Nǐ yǒu yìjiàn ma?
I agree with your objection.
我 同意 你的 意见。
Wǒ tóngyì nǐ de yìjiàn.
His suggestion is very interesting.
他的 意见 很 有意思。
Tā de yìjiàn hěn yǒuyìsi.

 

TO AGREE

TO AGREE
同意
tóngyì

I agree. You are right!
我 同意!你 说 得 很对!
Wǒ tóngyì! Nǐ shuō de hěn duì!
I agree with your objection.
我 同意 你的 意见。
Wǒ tóngyì nǐ de yìjiàn.

 

TO BE WILLING TO

WILLING TO
to be
愿意
yuànyì

Regardless of what he says, I’m (still) not willing to go.
不管 他 说 什么 我 也 不 愿意 去。
Bùguǎn tā shuō shénme, wǒ yě bù yuànyì qù.
Regardless of what the manager says, I’m not willing to do it like this.
不管 管理 说 什么,我 也 不 愿意 这样 做。
Bùguǎn guǎnlǐ shuō shénme, wǒ yě bù yuànyì zhèyàng zuò.
Are you willing to ask him?
你 愿意 问 他 吗?
Nǐ yuànyì wèn tā ma?

 

UNEXPECTED

UNEXPECTED
意外
yìwài

Something unexpected happened to me.
我 发生 了 意外 的 事。
Wǒ fāshēng le yìwài de shì.

 

ON PURPOSE

ON PURPOSE
故意
gùyì

He isn’t doing bad things on purpose.
他 不 是 故意 做 坏事。
Tā bùshì gùyì zuò huàishì.
Sorry, it wasn’t on purpose.
对不起,我 不 是 故意 的。
Duìbùqǐ, wǒ bùshì gùyì de.

I agree with your objection.
我 同意 你的 意见。
Wǒ tóngyì nǐ de yìjiàn.
I am not satisfied with him either.
我 对 他 也 不 满意。
Wǒ duì tā yě bù mǎnyì.