The Chinese word 地铁 refers to a subway or metro system. It is commonly used to describe the underground railway transportation system in cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The word is made up of two characters: 地 meaning “ground” or “earth” and 铁 meaning “iron”. Together, they form the term “ground iron”, which aptly describes the subway system’s underground tracks and metal trains.
|我每天坐地铁上班||wǒ měitiān zuò dìtiě shàngbān||I take the subway to work every day|
|地铁是一种快速的交通工具||dìtiě shì yī zhǒng kuàisù de jiāotōng gōngjù||The subway is a fast means of transportation|
|地铁站里有很多人||dìtiě zhàn lǐ yǒu hěn duō rén||There are many people in the subway station|
|你知道怎么坐地铁吗？||nǐ zhīdào zěnme zuò dìtiě ma?||Do you know how to take the subway?|
|我们可以坐地铁去旅游景点||wǒmen kěyǐ zuò dìtiě qù lǚyóu jǐngdiǎn||We can take the subway to tourist attractions|
|地铁上不可以吃东西||dìtiě shàng bù kěyǐ chī dōngxi||Eating is not allowed on the subway|
|地铁里很安静，大家都在看手机||dìtiě lǐ hěn ānjìng, dàjiā dōu zài kàn shǒujī||The subway is very quiet, everyone is looking at their phones|
|我迷路了，怎么才能找到地铁站？||wǒ mílù le, zěnme cáinéng zhǎodào dìtiě zhàn?||I’m lost, how can I find the subway station?|
地铁 is part of HSK Level 3 in HSK 2.0. In the newer HSK 3.0 it is part of HSK Level 2.