The Mandarin Chinese word for “understand” is 明白 míng bái.
明 Míng means “clear, bright, evident”
白 Bái means “white”
Together: “Clear / white” (understand)
明白 – Míngbái can also be an adjective which means “clear, obvious” (not covered)
Here are some examples of how to use this word:
- 我不明白你说什么. Wǒ bù míngbái nǐ shuō shénme. – I don’t understand what you’re saying.
- 你明白吗? Nǐ míngbái ma? – Do you understand?
- 我们都明白 Wǒmen dōu míngbái. – we all understand.