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Fall is here! 秋天来了!

Guess what’s special about today? That’s right: fall is here! Goodbye, glorious summer days, and welcome leaves turning beautiful colors and lighting up the trees! Fall, or autumn, is a beautiful season in its own right! Do you know how to say fall in Chinese? Let’s learn how right now!

How to say fall in Chinese The word for fall, autumn in Mandarin Chinese is qiū. Since the Chinese often prefer using two character words rather than one character words when they can, you’ll often see the word 秋天 qiūtiān used more to talk about the fall season.

How do you see fall is here in Chinese?

秋天来了!

Qiūtiān láile! Fall is here!

Let’s break down the sentence:

Fun fact: the character  is composed of two parts: , which means cereal, grain, and  which means fire. When we tell you why, you’ll be “oh, that makes so much sense”! See, at the end of the summer, Chinese farmers harvest their crops and celebrate their harvest.  That’s in part what the Mid-Autumn festival is about. Then, to prepare their fields for the next harvest, farmers would burn the stalks that remained once the grains have been collected. Apparently, this made the fields more fertile and it was a tradition to do so. Therefore, in Ancient China, 秋, autumn was the time where you burned () the husks of  (grains). That’s how the character for autumn was created. Chinese characters have very interesting histories, don’t you think?

  •   lái is to come, to arrive,
  •  le is a grammatical marker that can indicate several things. Here  indicates a change of state: summer is no more, and fall has arrived! That’s quite a change of state wouldn’t you say? To learn more about how to use 了 when it’s placed at the end of the sentence, like this, read this easy-to-follow Chinese grammar lesson on 了, the change of state signaler.

 

What do you think of autumn?

We hope you’ll enjoy this new season!

The Nincha Team

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