东西 dōngxi: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 1

东西 (dōngxi) English Meaning

  • thing
  • stuff
  • person

Traditional Characters: 東西

Corresponding Classifiers|Measure Words:

  • 个(gè)
  • 件 (jiàn)

Sample Sentences

  • 这个东西是你的吗?
    Zhège dōngxī shì nǐ de ma?
    Is that thing yours?
  • 这东西多少钱?
    Zhè dōngxī duōshǎo qián?
    How much does this thing cost?
  • 你把这东西叫做啤酒吗?
    Nǐ bǎ zhè dōngxī jiàozuò píjiǔ ma?
    Do you call this stuff beer?
  • 这些东西对健康有害吗?
    Zhèxiē dōngxī duì jiànkāng yǒuhài ma?
    Will this stuff jeopardize my health?
  • 这个东西很有价值。
    Zhège dōngxī hěn yǒu jiàzhí.
    This stuff is worth its weight in gold!
  • 生命确实是好的东西。
    Shēngmìng quèshí shì hǎo de dōngxī.
    Life is indeed a good thing.

Stroke Order & Character Components

东 (dōng): east; host (i.e. sitting on east side of guest); landlord

  • (yī): one
  • 丿 (piě): oblique
  • (děng): simplified tree

西 (xī): west

  • 西 (xi): lid
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