#31 Maps and the stem word

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Announcement From Dr. Mah:
More on Maps (地图dì tú) and the stem word 地dì

– Dr. Adeline Yen Mah


English Excerpt:

Please note that “dì” is a stem word which means land. The character following “dì” will determine the meaning of the two words (compound word) placed together. In this case, “tú” means picture or drawing or chart. Thus “dì tú” means land drawing or MAP. There are more than two dozen compound words with “dì” as the stem word. Some examples are “ dì qiǔ “ land ball = earth, “dì lǐ” land logic = geography, “dì léi” land thunder = land mine, “dì zhèn “ land shaking = earth-quake,”dì xià” land below = underground, “dì tiě” land iron = underground railroad.

Chinese Translation:

More on Maps (地图dì tú) and the stem word

Please note that 地 is a stem word which means land. The character following 地 will determine the meaning of the two words (compound word) placed together. In this case, 图 means picture or drawing or chart. Thus 地图 means land drawing or MAP. There are more than two dozen compound words with 地 as the stem word. Some examples are 地 球 dì qiǔ (land ball = earth), 地 理 dì lǐ (land logic = geography), 地雷 dì léi (land thunder = land mine), 地震 dì zhèn(land shaking = earth-quake), 地下 dì xià(land below = underground), 地 铁 dì tiě (land iron = underground railroad).


Vocabulary

1. map =地图 dì tú

2. Earth = Land ball = 地球dì qiǔ

3. Geography = land logic =地理 dì lǐ


4. Land-mine = land thunder = 地雷dì léi


5. Earthquake = land shaking = 地震dì zhèn


6. Underground = land below = 地下dì xià


7. Underground railroad = land iron = 地铁dì tiě