What’s “Di” Mean

Another quick note about the complexity of learning another language, especially Chinese:

Before we dive in, I should give you a little background on one part of our study habits. We use a little app on the ipod/iphone called Pleco to help drill characters.

Pleco is a gem for Chinese learners.

It has a built in way to see the stroke order, and it can connect to the camera on your device to scan your textbook as you enter flashcards. If that doesn’t make any sense to you, suffice it to say that it takes a lot of the friction out of studying. Anyway, the other day, Ami and I were sitting next to each other after the kiddos had gone to bed. Here’s a snippet of the conversation that we had:

Ami: “What’s ‘Di’ mean again?”
Dan: “It comes up as ‘De’ and says ‘Used after an adverbial'”
Ami: “Oh, right.”

“Di” (地)is actually the first half of the word for place, and also the first half of one of the words for address (among more than 100 other things).

One of many meanings of 地:address.

So I’m not sure exactly what Pleco means by “Used after and adverbial”, but it’s enough to help us know which character to write. 🙂

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