Today’s word, ma 马, means HORSE。

ma 马 is pronounced in the third tone. It starts low, drops lower and then rises to a higher tone.

ma 马 is also a common Chinese surname.

ma 马 lu 路 means road or street or avenue.

In the old days, people walked on narrow alleyways between houses. But horses and carriages traveled on major roads which were wide and straight. These large roads became known as ma 马 (horse) lu 路 (roads) or avenues.

lu 路 is pronounced in the fourth tone, short and abrupt like saying the word NO.

Homework: Type 马 twenty times while saying 马 repeatedly.

Now type 路 twenty times while saying 路 repeatedly.

Type 马 路 twenty times while saying 马路 repeatedly.