May 20th is not one of the traditional festivals in China. But the day on May 20th means something romantic to the Chinese people due to its relations with the Chinese numbers 520.”

TELL 520’S MEANING IN CHINESE

|  解读中文里520的含义

 

English Words:       Five-Two-Zero, or May 20th

Chinese Pinyin:      Wǔ Èr Líng

Chinese Numbers:     520 

Related Chinese Words:   
    1314 (Yī Sān Yī Sì)| (to love someone) all the life, to the death, forever.
    谐音 (Xié Yīn)| homonyms or near-homonyms.

What Is “520” Meaning In Chinese?

| 在中文里,520指什么?

520 is a set of Chinese love numbers, with the hidden meaning of the love sentence I love you. It is because that the pronunciation of 520 in Chinese sounds quite similar to what we said “我爱你 Wǒ ài nǐ)” in Chinese, while “我爱你” is exactly the Chinese expression equal to the sentence of I love you in English.

520,是中文里的表达爱意的一组数字,包含有“我爱你”的隐藏含义。因为520在中文里的发音听起来与中文里说“我爱你”的读音十分相似 ,而我爱你正好是中文里表达 I love you 的句子。

In Chinese, the number 5 is pronounced as ”, similar to the pronunciation of the Chinese character “我()”;

在中文,数字“5”的读音是“”,与中文字“我”的读音相似;

The number 2 is pronounced as èr”, similar to the pronunciation of the Chinese character “爱 (ài) ”;

数字“2”的读音是“èr”,与中文字“爱”的读音相似;

The number 0 is pronounced as líng”, similar to the pronunciation of the Chinese character “您(nín)”, especially similar to its Cantonese pronunciation.

数字“0”的读音是“líng”,与中文字“您”的读音相似,尤其是在粤语发音中更为相似。

This kind of similar Chinese pronunciations are called “谐音(Xié yīn)” in Chinese, meaning homophonic.

这种相似读音,在中文里称作“谐音(Xié Yīn)”。



If the Chinese people talk about 520,  they may not only say the set of Chinese numbers 520 but also probably talk about the day of May 20.

如果中国人谈起520, 他们也不仅仅是在说这组中文数字,也很有可能是在谈论520日这一天。

It is because the order of the time read and written in Chinese is like Year – Month – Date – Hour – Minute – Second. So 520 in Chinese also means the date corresponding to the May 20th.

因为在中文里时间的读写顺序都是 年秒。520在中文时间写法里正好与520日对应。

Thus in many Chineses opinions, May 20th is suggested a perfectly romantic day for anyone to declare love to lovers.

因此在中国人眼中,520日是一个非常适合对爱人表白的浪漫日子。

WHAT IT MEANS IN CHINA?

The Chinese Homophonic Culture

| 中国人的谐音文化

What is “谐音(Xié Yīn)” in China? 谐音(Xié Yīn means the homophones or near-homophones in Chinese, thats to say,  that the pronunciations of some Chinese characters or numbers speaking in Chinese are the same or similar to the other Chinese characters’.

在中国,什么是谐音?谐音,即汉语中的同音字或近音字,意思是在中文里某些中文数字或汉字在发音上与其他中文汉字相同或相近。

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