Nature words (throwback)
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Nature words (throwback)

Nature words (throwback)

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Welcome to this week’s issue of the Giant Mandarin newsletter. This week’s newsletter is on the topic of nature.

In this week’s Elementary–Intermediate Words, we focus on words on the topic of the natural environment that are more likely to come up in everyday conversation: trees, leaves, flowers, grass, soil, air and so on. To complement this, in Advanced Words, we include words on this topic that are more formal.

Finally, in Supplementary Reading we suggest an article on why researchers are setting up Twitter accounts for trees; reporting on how a rare native wildflower is impacting the setting up of a lithium mine and the mining of materials crucial for producing green technologies; and a different viewpoint on stories about animals reclaiming cities during the coronavirus pandemic. We hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter!

Elementary–Intermediate Words

  1. 大自然 dàzìrán - nature
  2. 树 shù - tree 🌳
  3. 树叶 shùyè - tree leaves 🍃

叶 yè - leaves (single-character version often used as part of compound words)

叶子 yèzi - leaves

茶叶 cháyè - tea leaves 🍵

  1. 棵 kē - measure word for trees and other plants
  2. 花草 huācǎo - flowers and grass
  3. 土 tǔ - soil

河 hé - river

黄河 Huánghé - Yellow River, the second-longest river in China

沙 shā - sand (single-character version often used as part of compound words)

沙子 shāzi - sand

  1. 空气 kōngqì - air

Advanced Words

  1. 自然界 zìránjiè - natural world
  2. 自然环境 zìrán huánjìng - natural environment
  3. 生物 shēngwù - living things

植物 zhíwù - plants 🌱

动物 dòngwù - animals 🐣

  1. 树林 shùlín - woods; smaller-sized forest 🌳 🌳
  2. 森林 sēnlín - forest 🌳 🌳 🌳
  3. 土壤 tǔrǎng - soil (formal)
  4. 江 jiāng - river
  5. 长江 Chángjiāng - Yangtze River, the longest river in China and Asia
  6. 沙漠 shāmò - desert

Supplementary Reading

  1. To Save Forests, Researchers Are Hooking Trees up to Twitter, Tim Rademacher, Grace Field and Kathy Steppe, The Conversation
  2. The Lithium Mine Versus the Wildflower, Gregory Barber, Wired
  3. Fake Animal News Abounds on Social Media as Coronavirus Upends Life, Natasha Daly, National Geographic

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