Chinese Vocabulary about Spring

Posted by Lilian Li on Mar 7, 2017

Chinese vocabulary about spring

For a lot of people, it’s been a long and frosty winter, but with the lyrics “Let it go, let it go…The cold never bothered me anyway,” frozen landscape has gone while the breezes have woken up the sleeping grasses and flowers of spring. Such a beautiful and colorful season! So it’s a big loss if you don’t know how to describe this beautiful scenery in Chinese. Here is all the vocabulary that you need to know about spring.

First of all, do you know how to say each season in Chinese?

chūn tiān 春天 (spring)
xià tiān 夏天 (summer)
qiū tiān 秋天 (autumn)
dōng tiān 冬天 (winter)

chūn xià qiū dōng, nǐ zuì xǐ huān nǎ gè jì jié
春夏秋冬,你最喜欢哪个季节?
Of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, which season is your favorite?

chūn tiān de tiān qì zěn me yàng
春天的天气怎么样?
How’s the weather in spring?

míng mèi 明媚 Bright and beautiful
qíng lǎng 晴朗 Sunny
wēn nuǎn 温暖 Warm
fēng hé rì lì 风和日丽 The wind is mild and the sun is bright
chūn nuǎn huā kāi 春暖花开 Spring has come and the flowers are in bloom.
chūn yì àng rán 春意盎然 Spring is in the air.
dà dì huí chūn 大地回春 Spring returns to the earth.
wàn xiàng gèng xīn 万象更新 Everything is fresh again.
bǎi huā qí fàng 百花齐放 All flowers bloom together.

chūn tiān lái le,wàn xiàng gèng xīn,bǎi huā qí fàng。 春天来了,万象更新,百花齐放。Spring has come to the earth, everything is fresh again and all flowers bloom together.

When is spring in China? Usually, spring comes in March and goes in May.

sān yuè 三月 March
sì yuè 四月 April
wǔ yuè 五月 May

What do people usually do in spring? Such a beautiful and warm season calls for some travel! In Chinese, we called it chūn yóu 春游 or tà qīng 踏青. It’s a traditional activity with origins in ancient times. For middle- and high school, a spring outing is at the top of the list of seasonal expectations. Usually, schools will organize day trips such as a picnic, visiting some museums or going to an amusement park nearby. Besides school trips, many families enjoy spring outings, too.

Which festival falls on spring?
qīng míng jié 清明节 Tomb-sweeping Day
yú rén jié 愚人节 April fool’s Day
láo dòng jié 劳动节 Labor Day

In the end, there is a poet that every Chinese will study at primary school:
chūn xiǎo 《春晓》

chūn mián bú jué xiǎo,chù chù wén tí niǎo
春眠不觉晓,处处闻啼鸟。
yè lái fēng yǔ shēng, huā luò zhī duō shǎo
夜来风雨声,花落知多少。

After learning all these, how will you describe spring to others? Try to use the words you learned today or tell me your answers in the comment area below. Still have questions? Here to contact us!

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Lilian Li has a master's degree in linguistics and didactics from Rennes University in France. An expert in linguistics and educational psychology, she has taught Chinese as a foreign language for several years, primarily in France.

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