Friday, 1 February 2008

春节 - chūn jié – Spring Festival

With Chinese New Year approaching we’re going to tackle a new theme on the Mandarin Word of the Day blog. We will be learning Chinese words connected to the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The first character today is 春, chūn meaning Spring. Chūn is pronounced chun, with a 1st or high, level tone.

The second character is 节, jié meaning a festival. Jié is pronounced jee-air, with a 2nd or rising tone.

The Spring festival is commonly called Chinese New Year in the West. Over the next few weeks, as the Spring Festival is celebrated we will be learning Mandarin words that relate to the fifteen day festival.