The Chinese word 方便 is a versatile term that can be used in a variety of contexts. It generally means “convenient” or “handy”, and can be used to describe anything that is easy to use or access. For example, you might say that a particular transportation route is 方便 if it is easy to navigate and gets you where you need to go quickly. Alternatively, you might describe a particular tool or gadget as 方便 if it is simple to use and makes your life easier in some way. 方便 can also be used as a polite way to decline an invitation or request, essentially meaning “it’s not convenient for me right now”.
|我们家附近有很多方便店||wǒmen jiā fùjìn yǒu hěnduō fāngbiàn diàn||There are many convenience stores near our house|
|这个公寓的位置非常方便，离地铁站只有五分钟的步行路程||zhège gōngyù de wèizhì fēicháng fāngbiàn, lí dìtiězhàn zhǐyǒu wǔ fēnzhōng de bùxíng lùchéng||The location of this apartment is very convenient, only a five-minute walk from the subway station|
|为了方便起见，我们可以在这里见面||wèile fāngbiàn qǐjiàn, wǒmen kěyǐ zài zhèlǐ jiànmiàn||For convenience, we can meet here|
|这家酒店的服务非常方便，客人可以随时叫醒服务||zhè jiā jiǔdiàn de fúwù fēicháng fāngbiàn, kèrén kěyǐ suíshí jiàoxǐng fúwù||The service at this hotel is very convenient, guests can request wake-up service at any time|
|我们需要在机场租一辆车，这样会更加方便||wǒmen xūyào zài jīchǎng zū yī liàng chē, zhèyàng huì gèngjiā fāngbiàn||We need to rent a car at the airport, it will be more convenient|
方便 is part of HSK Level 3 in HSK 2.0. In the newer HSK 3.0 it is part of HSK Level 2.