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The importance of ‘rice’ in the Chinese language

Do you know how important the word ‘rice’ is in Chinese?

It’s so important there’re two words for it: one to describe it in its raw state (米 – mi3), and one to describe it in its cooked state: (饭 – fan4).

And it’s so important that you form idioms with it: “生米煮成熟饭” (sheng1 mi3 zhu3 cheng2 shu2 fan4)

This means that you have changed raw rice into cooked rice – this idiom  is used to describe an irreversible process.

Usually it is used to indirectly describe the situation of a girl being pregnant before she is married.  (Can you believe the Chinese use the analogy of cooking rice to describe that lol!)

And that’s not all – there are many other words to describe the other forms of rice -> 粥,炊 , 糜 etc.

I’ll leave you to figure out what these mean.

Hmm… so why did I write this post?

Because in my other blog I talked about “The Rise (rice) of Asia”.

Hope you liked it!

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