Category Archives: Standard Chinese Words And Expressions

社会 (she hui): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

社会 (Chinese PinYin: [shè huì]; traditional Chinese:社會) may mean: (1) adj. social, e.g. 社会压力 (social stress); (2) noun. society, e.g. 当今社会 (modern society). Literally: 社 (society) + 会 (gathering). It is one of the basic Chinese characters used in everyday conversations. It can be used in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. Some example phrases and expressions are: 社会压力 (social stress), 当今社会 (modern society), 社会群体 (social groups), 社会福利 (social welfare), 社会地位 (social status), 上流社会 (upper classes), 社会保障 (social security).

如何 (ru he): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

如何 (Chinese PinYin: [rú hé]; traditional Chinese: 如何) may mean: (1) adverb. how, e.g. 进展如何? (how is it going?); (2) colloquial. what do you think, e.g. 看电影, 如何? (go to the movies, what do you think?); (3) conj. the way in which, e.g. 只有你知道他如何完成任务的 (only you know the way in which he finished the task). ( Literally: 如 (how) + 何 (why). The term is a frequently used vocabulary and can be used in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.

国内 (guo nei): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

国内 (Chinese PinYin: [guó nèi]; traditional Chinese:國內) may mean: (1) adj. domestic, e.g. 国内航班 (domestic flight); (2) noun. home, e.g. 国内市场 (home market); (3) adj. internal, e.g. 国内贸易 (internal trade). Literally: 国 (country) + 内 (interior). It is one of the most frequently used Chinese words that will occur in everyday use. Some example phrases and expressions are: 国内生产总值 (gross domestic product, GDP), 国内新闻 (national news), 国内游 (domestic travel), and 国内战争 (civil war).

无 (wu): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

无 (Chinese PinYin: [wú]; traditional Chinese:無) may mean: (1) verb. be without, e.g. 无污染 (non-polluting); (2) adv. not, e.g. 无须 (not necessarily); (3) conj. no matter, e.g. 无论 (regardless of). It is one of the basic Chinese characters used in everyday conversations. The term can be used interchangeably with 没有 in many situations. Some additional example phrases and expressions are: 无法 (have no way), 无关 (have nothing to do with), 无论 (whatever), 无知 (ignorant), 无边 (boundless), 无偿 (free).

去 (qu): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

去 (Chinese PinYin: [qù]; traditional Chinese: 去) may mean: (1) verb. leave, e.g. 去世 (pass away); (2) verb. go to, e.g. 去上海 (go to Shanghai); (3) verb. lose, e.g. 大势已去 (the game is as good as lost); (4) verb. get rid of, e.g. 去头屑 (remove dandruff); (5) verb. go in order to do sth., e.g. 走路去图书馆 (walk to the library); (6) verb. used after a verb, indicating motion away from the speaker, e.g. 上班去 (go to work); (7) adj. previous, e.g. 去年 (last year); (8) adv. extremely, e.g. 多了去了 (too many; too much). It is one of the most common Chinese characters and can combine with other characters to form various phrases and expressions (see below).

呢 (ne): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

呢 (Chinese PinYin: [ne]; traditional Chinese: 呢) may mean: (1) aux. marker of a special, alternative or rhetorical question, e.g. 我那份呢 (how about my share); (2) aux. marker of a declarative sentence, e.g. 早着呢 (it is still very early); (3) aux. to indicate the continuation of an action or a state, e.g. 我看着她呢 (I am looking after her); (4) aux. used to mark a pause in a sentence, e.g. 想走呢,现在就走吧 (go now, if you want to). It is one of the most common Chinese characters and can be used in both formal and informal Mandarin Chinese.