If I'm trying to say someone is a good example I often hear 例子, however, I have also heard 榜样, which seems to make more sense to me based on the meaning of the characters. What is the difference between these two?
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榜样 is a model, specifically a person regarded as an excellent example of a certain quality.
Every year, the government announces
In a lot of companies, they have an honor called
Teachers use the word fairly often:
例子 is a typical thing that can represent the whole kind.
It's actually very easy to distinguish between the two words.
Definition of "example" (from the Dashboard widget on my Mac):
一个例子 means a example.
and 榜样 means a PERSON who made good examples.
or 榜样 describe a excellent person