Last modified on 29 January 2015, at 23:49

東西

ChineseEdit

east west
trad. (東西) 西
simp. (东西) 西

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

東西

  1. east and west, from east to west

NounEdit

東西

  1. (Mandarin, typically toneless) something, thing
    東西 [MSC, trad.]
    东西 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ hái yǒu hěn duō dōngxī yào xué. [Pinyin]
    I still have a lot (of stuff) to learn.
    東西 [MSC, trad.]
    东西 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ yǒu dōngxī yào gěi nǐ. [Pinyin]
    I have something for you.

SynonymsEdit

Cantonese

Min Nan

Usage notesEdit

  • In Mandarin, whilst 東西 can mean thing in either a physical or abstract sense, 事情 (shìqing) only means thing in an abstract sense.
  • Unlike Mandarin, 東西 does not mean something or thing in Min Nan. Use 物件 (mi̍h-kiāⁿ) instead. For thing in the abstract sense, use 代誌, 代志 (tāi-chì).

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
西
とう
Grade: 2
さい > ざい
Grade: 2
on'yomi

NounEdit

東西 (hiragana とうざい, romaji tōzai)

  1. east and west

See alsoEdit