I'm unsure whether the 中 in this phrase is to be in the first or fourth tone:
Also, what exactly does 方 mean in this saying?
Thank you, Rachel
it's zhōng, according to 國語辭典:
in cantonese, it jung1 (sydney lay scheme)
方者﹒才也﹒始也; roughly "only then"
have fun :)
First tone, when you use it to mean 'middle', 'middle of', 'centre'.
When it is pronounced in the fourth tone, it typically means "got it". For example, when you check your lottery ticket and you've won.
I double checked with this Source and it looks like I got it. Here are more specifics:
拼音: zhong (first tone)
in; inside; among
average, mean, or middle (class, grade, etc.)
in the course of
拼音: zhong (4th tone)
to hit (a target)
to suffer; to sustain