Do you believe in dragons?
You might not know it, but you deal with dragons everyday. At least, you do if you speak Chinese.
This is another in my WordPack series, with this topic having been inspired by a post at the "Those crazy Chinese" blog. The goal of WordPacks is that, by linking these words together by a single theme, it makes it much easier to learn words. And if you're learning Chinese, let's face it, the more help you can get, the better.
The theme today is: dragons. (If you couldn't work that out from the title of the blog post then you really shouldn't be learning Chinese! :-)
The Simplified character for dragon is 龙 (and it is 龍 in traditional Chinese writing). Even if you're only learning Simplified, this is a good example of a character which you should also learn to recognise in Traditional - because it appears so often in the name of Chinese restaurants.
龙 : lóng: dragon (also a common surname)
水龙头 : shuǐlóngtóu: tap (water dragon head)
尼龙 : nílóng: nylon (nun dragon!)
龙船 : lóngchuán: Dragon boat
龙卷风 : lóngjuǎnfēng: tornado, cyclone (dragon curl wind)
变色龙 : biànsèlóng: chameleon (change colour dragon)
龙 : lóng: dragon
恐龙 : kǒnglóng: dinosaur (fear dragon)
霸王龙 : bàwánglóng: Tyrannosaurus Rex (mighty king dragon)
翼龙 : yìlóng: Pterodactyl (winged dragon)
龙眼 : lóngyǎn: dragon fruit (dragon eye)
龙虾 : lóngxiā: lobster (dragon shrimp)
乌龙茶 : wūlóngchá: Oolong tea (dark dragon tea)
小龙虾 : xiǎolóngxiā: crayfish, langoustine (small dragon shrimp)
Dragons of Distinction
李小龙 : Lǐ Xiǎolóng: Bruce Lee's chinese names (Li small dragon)
成龙 : Chéng Lóng: (one of) Jackie Chan's chinese names (accomplish dragon)
九龙 : Jiǔlóng: Kowloon district of Hong Kong (nine dragons)
If you're a newbie, you should make sure that you can at least recognise 龙, and that you also remember the word: shuǐlóngtóu. At elementary, at least know the above, plus all food references. At intermediate you probably know all of them.
Off you go ... go slay another dragon!