(Dī Dī)

DiDi v.s. DiDi Chuxing

What Do You Think About Ride-sharing Apps, such as DiDi?

Earlier years before or in the last century, when hearing of "DiDi" talked by other people, the first Chinese word that pops up in mind must be "嘀嘀 (Dī dī)", the horn sound from a car or a ship. However, the thing gets changed in recent years since China's ride-hailing app "滴滴出行 (Dī dī chū xíng)" appeared and got popular in China. The shortened word "滴滴 (Di dī)" has gradually taken the place of the previous sound word "嘀嘀 (Dī dī)" to be the most used hot Chinese word and was mentioned frequently.

Know More About Using DiDi in China

Nowadays, although it's available to take a taxi via ride-sharing apps like DiDi, choosing shared car-hailing service becomes more popular and common in daily life, especially in China. There's a common Chinese idiom of "入乡随俗 (rù xiāng suí sú)" with a meaning similar to "Do in Rome as Rome does". Hence, if you are or would like to go to China, learning how to use their local popular Chinese ride-hailing apps like Didi is probably one of the basic Chinese skills you'd better acquire.

Keep discovering and reading the stories below and hope they are helpful in need. Have a try as the locals do. 😛


With the brief introduction of the Chinese word DiDi above, it is easy to find out the similarity and difference between these two words "嘀嘀 (Dī dī)" and "滴滴 (Dī dī)", known from China's transportation-sharing app. Both Chinese words consist of two similar characters and completely the same pronunciation in the Chinese language. They only differ from the left radicals (the component of Chinese characters).

The first character "嘀 (Dī)" uses the mouth radical of "口 (Kǒu)", which indicates its relation with a kind of sound. There are more similar Chinese examples like "喇叭 (Lǎ bā)", the Chinese traditional trumpet, or another word for example like "嘀嗒 (Dī dā)" which is used to describe the sound of hands moving on the clocks and watches, or the sound of water dripping.

What's more, the second Chinese character "滴 (Dī)" appearing in DiDi app's Chinese name often refers to the water drop or the movement of water dripping since it uses the water radical "" which is transformed from a common Chinese character "水 (Shuǐ)" and indicates water or water-related. For example, the drop of sweat is written as "汗滴 (Hàn dī)" and the drop of water as "水滴 (shuǐ dī)" in Simplified Chinese. Moreover, the Chinese character "滴 (Dī)" can also be used as one of the common Chinese quantifiers, as a countable unit used to connect numerals and nouns together and appear between them. For example, it's able to turn the phrase of "two drops of writing ink" into Chinese as concisely as "两滴墨水 (Liǎng dī mò shuǐ)".  Now, did you get it?

滴 滴
(Dī Dī)


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