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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 PURPOSEFULLY

故意
gùyì
PURPOSEFULLY
意外
yìwài
UNEXPECTED
意思
yìsi
MEANING
同意
tóngyì
TO AGREE
Pinyin 汉字
SOUND ON

LEARN NEW

SENSE

MEANING
意思
yìsi
INTERESTING
to be
有意思
yǒuyìsi

What do you mean?
你 是 什么 意思?
Nǐ shì shén​​me yìsi?
I wanna show you one interesting thing.
我 想 给 你 看 一个 很 有意思 的 东西。
Wǒ xiǎng gěi nǐ kàn yīge hěn yǒuyìsi de dōngxi.
I wanna tell you an interesting story.
我 想 给 你 讲 一个 很 有意思 的 故事。
Wǒ xiǎng gěi nǐ jiǎng yīge hěn yǒuyìsi de gùshì.

 

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 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.
I am not satisfied with him either.
我 对 他 也 不 满意。
Wǒ duì tā yě bù 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

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.
Do you have any objections?
你 有 意见 吗?
Nǐ yǒu yìjiàn ma?

 

TO AGREE

TO AGREE
同意
tóngyì

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

 

TO BE WILLING TO

WILLING TO
to be
愿意
yuànyì

Are you willing to ask him?
你 愿意 问 他 吗?
Nǐ yuànyì wèn tā ma?
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.

 

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

PURPOSEFULLY
故意
gùyì

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

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.

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