吃饭

MandarinEdit

simpl.
trad. 吃飯

EtymologyEdit

  • Literally: to eat cooked rice (rice being such a staple, that it extends into generality)

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin chīfàn
Zhuyin ㄔ ㄈㄢˋ
IPA (key) /ʈ͡ʂʰʐ̩⁵⁵ fa̠n⁵¹/
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VerbEdit

吃饭 (simplified, Pinyin chīfàn, traditional 吃飯)

  1. to eat
    喜欢吃饭
    tā hěn xǐhuān chīfàn
    He loves to eat.
  2. to have a meal
    明天一起吃饭知道时间
    wǒ xiǎng yuē nǐ míngtiān yīqǐ qù chīfàn, bù zhīdao nǐ yǒu méi yǒu shíjiān
    I'd like to invite you out to have a meal tomorrow, if you have the time.
  3. (dated) to make a living
    什么吃饭
    nǐ kào shéme chīfàn
    What do you do for a living?
    现在失业除了房租吃饭压力
    wǒ xiànzài shīyè, chúle jiāo fángzū, hái yào chīfàn a, yālì dà a.
    I'm out of work at the moment. Apart from paying rent I also have to make a living; it's very stressful.

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Last modified on 9 April 2014, at 12:13