The Chinese word 少 means “few” or “little”. It is commonly used to indicate a small quantity or number, such as “少量” which means “small amount”. It can also be used to indicate a shortage or lack of something, such as “缺少” which means “to be lacking”. Additionally, 少 can be used as an adjective to describe someone as “少年” which means “young person” or “youth”.
Adjective: few, little
|我的钱包里少了一张信用卡||wǒ de qiánbāo lǐ shǎo le yī zhāng xìnyòngkǎ||There is one less credit card in my wallet|
|这家餐厅的菜品种类比较少||zhè jiā cāntīng de càipǐn zhǒnglèi bǐjiào shǎo||This restaurant has fewer menu options|
|他的话说得很少，很少表达自己的想法||tā de huà shuō dé hěn shǎo, hěn shǎo biǎodá zìjǐ de xiǎngfǎ||He speaks very little and seldom expresses his thoughts|
|我们的时间很少，要抓紧完成任务||wǒmen de shíjiān hěn shǎo, yào zhuājǐn wánchéng rènwù||We have very little time, so we need to hurry and finish the task|
|这个城市的空气质量越来越差，雾霾天数少的越来越少||zhège chéngshì de kōngqì zhìliàng yuè lái yuè chà, wùmái tiānshù shǎo de yuè lái yuè shǎo||The air quality in this city is getting worse, and there are fewer and fewer days with clear skies|
|我们公司的员工比去年少了一半||wǒmen gōngsī de yuángōng bǐ qùnián shǎo le yī bàn||Our company has half as many employees as last year|