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Pronunciation :
Meaning :
  1. in; inside. (prep)
  2. used after 这, 那, 哪 etc. to indicate a place. (adv)
  3. inner. (n)
  4. native place; hometown. (n)
  5. neighbourhood. (n)
  6. a traditional unit of length, equal to 500 meters. (measure word)
Radical :
Strokes : 7
Traditional : 裡 ; 裏 ( Stroke Order 1 ; Stroke Order 2 )
Usage : 69.5%
Common Words / Phrases:
lǐ biɑn
: inside; in; within
lǐ miàn
: inside; interior
zhè li
: (pronoun) here
nà li
: (pronoun) there
nǎ lǐ
: where; wherever; used in rhetorical questions to express negation
xīn li
: in the heart; at heart; in (the) mind
lín lǐ
: neighbourhood
1. They are all inside.
men dōu zài bian
他们 : they
: all
: in, at
里边 : inside
2. Where are you from?
shì rén ?
: you
: is
哪里 : where; from where
: people
3. It’s solid.
miàn shì shí de
里面 : inside
: is
: solid
: (particle) used to form a noun phrase or nominal expression
4. He was unhappy, but he didn’t show it.
xīn hěn gāo xìng shì méi biǎo xiàn chū lái
: he
: heart
: inside
: very
不高兴 : not happy
可是 : but
: do not
表现 : show
出来 : arise; appear
5. There is no one at home.
jiā méi rén
: house, home
: inside
: no
: people
6. A traffic accident happened here.
zhè shēng le jiāo tōng shì
这里 : here
发生 : happen
: (particle) used after an action that has taken place
: one
: measure word
交通 : traffic
事故 : accident
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6 thoughts on “里”

  1. 一 起 交 通 事 故. Why is it 事 故 called accident?
    When you turn these two words round, 事 故 then
    becomes 故 事. Interest, though, isn’t it?

    Can you call 事 故 also 意外?

    1. Hi Βωων Κυαν,
      Yes. You can replace 事 故 also 意 外。
      一 起 交 通 意 外。
      But if you say: 一 起 交 通 故 事。It has different meaning.
      故 事 is story, while 事 故 is accident.

  2. Ni hao Βωων Κυαν,

    Yes that is a interesting story 事 故!
    I have noticed that 故 on its own can mean incident and 事 on its own accident. story almost always talls you something about a happening a “accident” so to speak, maybe that is the connection.
    But Minmin 敏敏 can maybe tell you more.

    What I forgot to tell you is that Chinese characters are based on roughly 254 radicals, which makes it a lot easier to memorize Chinese characters, matters of the heart have the heart 心 xīn radical in it [pà 怕 scarred, litterally white heart ] , things made of wood have the tree radical 木 mù in it [chuáng 床 bed]and so on ..

    I somtimes make my own stories or mnemonics to memorize Chinese chracters, for example mào zi 帽 子 hat, a peace of cloth -巾 jīn- to protect your eye -目 mù – from the sun – 日 rì -. By the way 子 (meaning child or son on its own) has no meaning here, Chinese use it to make the words longer so it is the listener has more time to catch the meaning.

    Well succes with your study

    zhù nǐ xué xí shùn lì
    祝 你 学 习 顺 利


  3. Hello Βωων Κυαν [文 光]

    Allow me to anwer your question, 茅 盾 is just a name, but 矛 盾 means contradiction (the first mao has a gras radical). as in:
    máo dùn xiān shēng shuō máo dùn biǎo miàn huà le
    茅 盾 先 生 说: 矛 盾 表 面 化 了
    Sir MaoDun said, The contradiction has become appeared
    máo 矛 is a spear dùn 盾 is a shield. The story goes that in ancient times a marked salesmen sold spears saying his spears penetrated everything on earth, nothing could stop them. The next morning he was selling his shields saying they were so hard nothing could penetrate them, a astute buyer who was present the day before when he was selling spears, said “But what about your spears then”. The marked salesman was dumbfounded and left.
    Hence the meaning of 矛 盾 spear-shield meaning contradiction.
    Hope this explains your question.



  4. Hey Min Min,

    I am just wondering what is the difference between li mian and li bian? Are they the same? I can say… ta zai limian= ta zai libian?

    1. Hi Mervin,
      Basically both are the same.
      So it is not wrong to say:

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