How to say “Organic” in Chinese

by Dave Flynn | 2nd February, 2012 | Vocabulary |

Well, this post starts the first of a new category at ChineseHacks that we’ve opted to call simply ‘Misc‘ and will contain all sorts of miscellaneous Mandarin usage.

The idea is behind the category is to quickly illustrate how a word is Mandarin is used. No long explanations, and most posts will be an image and a definition, possibly an example setence at most. This way you can dip in quickly, learn a new word, and be on your way! Anyway, on with the first post…

The following two images show the Mandarin Chinese ord for “organic” in use on shop signs:

有機(有机)

Pinyin: yǒu jī
English: organic

Example of 有機(有机)usage from a shop sign

健康有機市場(健康有机市场)
jiànkāng yǒujī shìchǎng
Healthy Organic Market

Another example of 有機(有机)usage from a shop sign

天然有機食品(天然有机食品)
tiānrán yǒujī shípǐn
Natural Organic Food

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Dave is a designer of websites, learner of Chinese and lover of technology. Originally from the UK, he's been living in Taiwan and learning Mandarin Chinese for the last eight years. He founded and runs Chinese Hacks, a blog dedicated to effectively learning Chinese.

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Tags: #Food #healthy #Market #natural #organic

4 Comments

  1. Ed

    So how did 有机/有機 come to mean “organic”? The character 机 means machine, I usually think of it in relations to airplanes or airports. How does “have machine” come to mean “organic”?


  2. Juan

    Not many Chinese people will know what 有机食品 is. I am wondering whether it is better to translate as 无公害食品 which means no pesticides and makes sense to Chinese people.