Category Archives: Language

特别 (te bie): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

特别 (Chinese PinYin: [tè bié]; traditional Chinese: 特别) may mean: (1) adj. special, e.g. 特别的礼物 (a special gift); (2) adv. particularly, e.g. 特别冷 (particularly cold). Literally: 特 (special) + 别 (unique). The term is a high-frequency everyday vocabulary and can be used in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. It is neutral in tone. Some example phrases and expressions are: 十分特别 (very special), 特别好 (very good), 特别差 (very bad), 特别关注 (special attention), 很特别 (quite unique).

其实 (qi shi): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

其实 (Chinese PinYin: [qí shí]; traditional Chinese:其實) may mean: (1) adv. actually; (2) adv. really; (3) noun. the truth, e.g. 言过其实 (a statement surpassing the fact). Literally: 其 (that) + 实 (fact). It is one of the most common and high-frequency Chinese words. It can be used in both formal and informal Mandarin Chinese. The term can be used interchangeably with 实际上 in many situations. Some example phrases and expressions are: 其实不难 (in fact it is not difficult), 其实很好理解 (actually it is easy to understand), 其实没这个必要 (it is not necessary actually).

国际 (guo ji): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

国际 (Chinese PinYin: [guó jì]; traditional Chinese:國際) may mean: (1) adj. international, e.g. 国际法 (international law). Literally: 国 (countries) + 际 (between). It is one of the most frequently used Chinese words that will occur often in everyday use. Some example phrases and expressions are: 国际航班 (international flight), 国际社会 (international community), 国际地位 (international status), 国际维和部队 (International Peacekeeping Force), 国际贸易 (international trade), 国际新闻 (international news).

资料 (zi liao): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

资料 (Chinese PinYin: [zī liào]; traditional Chinese:資料) may mean: (1) noun. material, e.g. 参考资料 (reference materials); (2) noun. data, e.g. 统计资料 (statistical data); (3) noun. document, e.g. 相关资料 (relevant documents); (4) noun. means, e.g. 生产资料 (means of production). Literally: 资 (material) + 料 (data). It is a medium-high frequency word that can be used in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. The term can be used interchangeably with 材料 in many situations.

请 (qing): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

请 (Chinese PinYin: [qǐng]; traditional Chinese:請) may mean: (1) verb. ask, e.g. 请他给建议 (ask him for advice); (2) verb. invite, e.g. 邀请信 (invitation letter); (3) exclamation. please, e.g. 请进来 (come in, please); (4) verb. hire, e.g. 聘请 (employ). It is a frequently used vocabulary that will occur in everyday use as well as formal expressions.

给 (gei): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

给 (Chinese PinYin: [gěi]; traditional Chinese:給) may mean: (1) ver. give, e.g. 给我一点时间 (give me a minute); (2) verb. make sb. suffer, e.g. 给他点颜色看看 (teach him a lesson); (3) verb. let, e.g. 让我试试 (let me try); (4) prep. by, e.g. 我的手机给小偷偷了 (my phone is stolen by a thief); (5) prep. to, with, e.g. 请把这传给他 (please pass this to him); (6) prep. to, for, e.g. 给我说说 (talk with me); (7) prep. followed by 我 in the imperative sentence for emphasis, e.g. 给我滚! (get out of here!); (8) aux. used before a verb for emphasis, e.g. 他把全部工作都给完成了 (he finished all the works). It is one of the most common Chinese characters and can combine with other characters to form various phrases and expressions (see below).

像 (xiang): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

像 (Chinese PinYin: [xiàng]; traditional Chinese:像) may mean: (1) verb. resemble, e.g. 长得像爸爸 (look like one’s mother); (2) prep. like, e.g. 像这种情况 (such situations); (3) noun. image, e.g. 画像 (portrait); (4) adv. seemingly, e.g. 像是要下雪 (it is about to snow seemingly). It is one of the most common Chinese characters and can combine with other characters to form various phrases and expressions. The term should not be confused with 象 which means elephant.

大陆 (da lu): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

大陆 (Chinese PinYin: [dà lù]; traditional Chinese:大陸) may mean: (1) noun. continent, e.g. 湿润大陆性气候 (humid continental climate); (2) noun. mainland China, e.g. 在香港和大陆之间穿梭 (travel between Hong Kong and Mainland China). Literally: 大 (big) + 陆 (land). It is a medium-high frequency word that can be used in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.