Word of the day 11 – 放心

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Today’s word of the day is 放心 (fàng xīn), which means to set one’s mind at rest, rest assured, to feel relieved or to be at ease about something.

Our last word of the day was 开放 (kāi fàng), which means to be open or open-minded about something. You’ll see that the common character between the two words is 放 (fàng), meaning to put / to let go / to release / to free.

放心 (fàng xīn) is a lovely word that can be used in situations where the speaker is either him/herself going from a state of stress/panic/worry to a more peaceful/’at rest’ state, or is encouraging somebody else to do so.

放心 (fàng xīn) is, like all our examples, a perfect way to illustrate the logical nature of the Chinese language. It also contains one of the most important Hanzi – 心 (xīn), so let’s break it down 

放 fàng : to put / to let go / to release / to free

心 (xīn): heart / centre/ core

To release or set your heart free is….to be at ease, to set your mind at rest.

Isn’t Chinese beautiful?

Example:

Intermediate: 你放心吧,我跟你一起去 nǐ fàngxīn bā, wǒ gēn nǐ yīqǐ qù – Just relax, I’ll go with you together.

Upper-Intermediate: 只要你在我身边,我就放心了 zhǐyào nǐ zài wǒ shēnbiān, wǒ jiù fàngxīn le – As long as you’re by my side, I’m not worried.

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