27 Jul 2016

The character “好(hao)” means more than Good ?

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We all know the word “好 (hǎo) ” is good in Chinese. However, for most of Chinese learners, you may not know “好”can be pronounced with fourth tone. It would be “好 (hào)“, which is used as a verb and it means “like”. Let’s see examples here.

1. 好吃(hào chī) like eating


(Jùshuō Guǎnɡdōnɡ rén hěn hào chī. Chú le zhuō tuǐ, tā men shénme dōu chī.)

据说广东人很好吃。除了桌腿,他们什么都吃。

It is said that Chinese Cantonese really like to eat. They eat anything except the table legs.

2. 好动(hào dòng) active, energetic


(Dà bùfen nán háizi dōu hěn hào dònɡ.)

大部分男孩子都很好动。

Most of boys are restless.

3. 好斗(hào dòu ) bellicose (aggressive)


(Shìjiè shànɡ zuì hào dòu de dònɡwù shì shénme?)

世界上最好斗的动物是什么?

What is the most aggressive animal in the world?

4. 好客(hào kè) hospitable


(Wǒ de māmɑ hěn hào kè, suǒyǐ wǒ men jiā jīnɡchánɡ yǒu pénɡyou jùhuì.)

我的妈妈很好客,所以我们家经常有聚会。

My mom is very hospitable, that is why we often have parties.

As you see “好 (hào)” used, you can express a lot of different ideas in Chinese and it doesn’t just mean “good”. Ok, so now could you try to make a sentence with the word“好 (hào)” as a verb  and share with us?