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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
满意
mǎnyì
SATISFIED
有意思
yǒuyìsi
INTERESTING to be
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.
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.
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 very satisfied with my new car.
我 对 新的 汽车 很 满意。
Wǒ duì xīn de qìchē hěn mǎnyì.
I am also not satisfied with him.
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

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 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

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

 

PURPOSEFULLY

PURPOSEFULLY
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 also not satisfied with him.
我 对 他 也 不 满意。
Wǒ duì tā yě bù mǎnyì.