Monday, September 14, 2009

天 (tiān) can be used to mean "heaven," "sky," or "day" depending on its context, though the general idea is the heavens/sky. For example, 天使 (tiānshǐ) means "angel" or literally "heaven's messenger." Similarly, 星期天 (xīngqītiān) can be interpreted as meaning "heavens' day," much like our "Sunday." Also, 天 is used to refer to specific days on a timeline, i.e. 今天 (jīntiān) "today," 明天 (míngtiān) "tomorrow" 昨天 (zuótiān) "yesterday."

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