Last modified on 20 June 2014, at 14:45

吃饭

ChineseEdit

simpl.
trad.

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit


VerbEdit

吃饭

  1. to eat
    • 吃饭 [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, trad. and simp.]
      Nǐ chīfàn le ma? [Pinyin]
      Have you eaten? (also a greeting)
    • 吃饭没有 [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, trad. and simp.]
      Nǐ chīfàn le méiyǒu? [Pinyin]
      Have you eaten? (also a greeting)
  2. to have a meal
  3. (dated) to make a living
    • 什么吃饭 [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, trad. and simp.]
      Nǐ kào shénme chīfàn? [Pinyin]
      What do you do for a living?

Usage noteEdit

Chineses use the sentence 你吃饭了吗? (Have you eaten / Did you eat) as a greeting. It is an equivalent of How’s it going? or How are you?

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