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旱鸭子hàn yāzi
[dryland duck] a person who doesn’t know how to swim (slang)
令人lìngren
…ing (to form a gerund-adjective) [to make people…]
三分之一sān fēn zhī yī
1/3; one third
万wàn
10,000
亿yì
100 million (1/10 of a billion)
打八折dǎ bā zhé
20% discount
打七五折dǎ qī wǔ zhé
25% discount
百分之五bǎi fēn zhī wǔ
5%; five percent
七喜qīxǐ
7-Up
某人mǒu rén
a certain person; somebody
有一点儿yǒu yìdiǎnr.
a little (used as an adverb, placed before and modifying an adjective).
普通话有一点儿难。Pǔtōnghuà yǒu yìdiǎnr nán
Mandarin is a little difficult
棋子qízi
a piece of a chess set
惊喜jīngxǐ
A pleasant surprise
差不多chābùduō
about the same; just about, roughly
口音kǒuyīn
accent (of speaking)
他的口音很重。Tāde kǒuyīn hěn zhòng
His accent is thick. [His accent is very heavy.]
我的普通话有很重的口音。Wǒde pǔtōnghuà yǒu hěn zhòng de kǒuyīn
I speak Mandarin with a heavy accent. [My Mandarin has a very heavy accent.]
英亩yīngmǔ
acre
活动huódòng
activity
演员yǎnyuán
actor
非洲Fēizhōu
Africa
再zài
again (emphasizing redoing the complete action or process)
又yòu
again; over and over again (repeatedly)
他又来了。Tā yòu lái le
Here he comes again. There he goes again
我又去徒步旅行。Wǒ yòu qù tūbù lǜqíng.
I went hiking again
农nóng
agriculture-related
空气kōngqì
air
冷气lěng qì
air conditioning [cold air/energy]
空军kōngjūn
air force
航空公司hángkōng gōngsī
airline
所有(的)…都 suǒyǒu(de) …dōu
all of …
万圣节Wàn Shèng Jié
All Saints Day
过敏guòmǐn
allergy, allergic
让我给你们介绍一下王先生。Ràng wǒ gěi nǐmen jièshào yí xià Wáng xiānsheng.
Allow me to introduce to all of you Mr. Wang. (commonly used when addressing an audience)
几乎jīhū
almost
虽然suīrán
although (always used in the beginning of a sentence)
总是zǒngshì
always
美西měi xī
America’s West Coast
美国航空公司Měiguó Hángkōng Gōngsī
American Airlines
解剖jiěpōu
anatomy [to separate and dissect]
祖先zǔxiān
ancestor
祖籍zǔjí
ancestral home; ancestral origin; descent; original family home
动物dòngwù
animal
动画片dònghuàpiān
animation [moving drawing feature]
答案dáàn
answer
回答我!Huídá wǒ!
Answer me!
任何rènhé
any
你会说任何外国语言吗?Nǐ huì shuō rènhé wàiguó yǔyán ma?
Can you speak any foreign language?
公寓gōngyù
apartment [public residence]
水族馆shuǐzúguǎn
aquarium
水族槽shuǐzúcáo
aquarium; fish tank
阿拉伯文Ālābó wén
Arabic language
树林shùlín
arboretum
面积miànjī
area; territory
陆军lùjūn
army
艺术馆yìshùguǎn
art museum/institute
工艺美术gōngyì měishù
arts and crafts
亚洲Yàzhōu
Asia
同时tóngshí
at the same time
吸引力xīyǐnlì
attraction
录音lùyīn
audio recording
道地dàodì
authentic, genuine (of food or speech accent)
秋天qiūtiān
autumn, the fall season
一般人yìbān rén
average people; typical people; normal people
一般yìbān
average; typical; general; in general
航空hángkōng
aviation; related air travel
后院hòuyuàn
backyard
球赛qiú sài
ball game
球迷qiú mí
ball game fan
酒吧jiǔbā
bar, tavern
酒保jiǔbǎo
bartender
垒lěi
base
棒球场bàngqiú chǎng
baseball field
棒球赛bàngqiú sài
baseball game
棒子bāngzi
bat
洗脸槽xǐliǎncáo
bathroom sink [wash-face basin]
安静!Ānjìng!
Be quiet!
海滩hǎitān
beach
美丽měilì
beautiful (feminine)
帅哥美女shuàigē měinǚ
beautiful people (old term slang)
酷哥辣妹kùgē làmèi
beautiful people (new term slang)
美容院měiróng yuàn
beauty salon
以前yǐqián
before (prep.); in the past
箱子xiāngzi
big box; trunk
生化学shēnghuàxué
bio-chemistry
生物学shēngwùxué
biology [living-things study]
诞dàn
birth (formal; of important historical figures)
膀胱pángguāng
bladder
开水kāi shuǐ
boiled water
热开水rè kāi shuǐ
boiling water
保龄球bǎolíngqiú
bowling
童子军Tóngzǐjūn
Boy Scout [boy soldier]
马屁精mǎpìjīng
brownnoser
狗屁Gǒu pì!
BS!
可是kěshì
but
咖啡因kāfēiyīn
caffeine
灾zāi
calamity, disaster
选举活动xuǎnjǔ huódòng
campaign (of election)
竞选活动jìngxuǎn huódòng
campaign (of election)
竞选运动jìngxuǎn yùndòng
campaign (of election)
露营lùyíng
camping
蜡烛làzhú
candle
首都shǒudū
capital
汽车代理商qǐchē dàilǐshāng
car dealership
车赛chē sài
car race
赛车sài chē
car racing
卡通kǎtōng
cartoon; caricature
现金xiànjīn
cash [immediate gold]
奖金jiǎngjīn
cash prize; monetary award; cash bonus
赌城dǔchéng
casino [gambling city]
天主教Tiānzhǔjiào
Catholicism
光盘guāngpán
CD
光盘唱机guāngpán chàngjī
CD player [CD singing machine]
中央空调zhōngyāng kōngtiáo
central air
美中时间měi zhōng shījiān
Central Time Zone
天气(的)变化tiānqì (de) biànhuà
change of weather
变化biànhuà
change; variation
化学huàxué
chemistry; chemical
樱桃yīngtáo
cherry
主要的中国语言zhǔyàode Zhōngguó yǔyán
China’s major languages
中国城Zhōngguóchéng
Chinatown
跳棋tiàoqí
Chinese checkers [jumping chess]
象棋xiàngqí
Chinese chess
十二生肖12 shēngxiào
Chinese Zodiac symbols
聊天(儿)liáotiān(r)
chitchat
霍乱huòluàn
cholera
基督Jīdū
Christ
圣诞节shèngdànjié
Christmas
教堂jiàotáng
church (of buildings)
礼拜lǐbài
church service
教会jiàohuì
church, congregation, denomination
教派jiàopài
church, denomination
市立公园shìlì gōngyuán
city park
干净gānjīng
clean
气候qìhòu
climate
衣服yīfu
clothes
海岸hǎiàn
coast
海岸线hǎiànxiàn
coastline
喜剧xǐjù
comedy [happy feature film]
共产党gòngchǎn dǎng
Communist Party [share-property party]
音乐会yīnyuèhuì
concert
吴影眼镜wúyǐng yǎnjìng
contact lenses [invisible eyeglasses]
洲zhōu
continent
大陆航空公司Dàlù Hángkōng Gōngsī
Continental Airlines
酷kù
cool (slang); cruel; exceedingly
公司法gōngsī fǎ
corporate law (direct translation from the British term “company law”)
公司法律师gōngsī fǎ lǜshī
corporate lawyer
企业qǐyè
corporate; an enterprise, industry, business or venture
咳嗽késòu
coughing; to cough
农村nóngcūn
countryside; rural village [farm village]
郡jùn
county
表姐biǎojiě
cousin (older female with a different last name)
堂姐tángjiě
cousin (older female with the same last name)
表哥biǎogē
cousin (older male with a different last name)
堂哥tánggē
cousin (older male with the same last name)
表妹biǎomèi
cousin (younger female with a different last name)
堂妹tángmèi
cousin (younger female with the same last name)
表弟biǎodì
cousin (younger male with a different last name)
堂弟tángdì
cousin (younger male with the same last name)
表biǎo
cousins with a different last name
堂táng
cousins with the same last name
介绍信jièshào xìn
cover letter [introduction letter]
文化wénhuà
culture
亲爱的qīnàide
darling; dear (salutation for a personal letter)
糟糕!Zāo gāo!
Darn! (colloquial, used when, for example, a snafu happens)
节约日光jiéyuē rìguāng
daylight saving
代理商dàilǐshāng
dealer
民主míngzhǔ
democracy; democratic rights; democratic [“People, the owner,” similar to “By the people. For the people.”]
民主党míngzhǔ dǎng
Democratic Party
丧气sàngqì
demoralized
令人丧气lìngrén sàngqì
demoralizing
部bù
department; area; region
订金dìngjīn
deposit
沮丧jǔsàng
depressed
令人沮丧lìngrén jǔsàng
depressing
设计shèjì
design
设计师shèjìshī
designer
地方话dìfānghuà
dialect (colloquial)
方言fāngyóu
dialect; vernacular (formal)
健怡可乐jiànyí kělè
Diet Coke
很难伺候hěn nán cìhòu
difficult to deal with, hard to please (of someone)
风灾fēngzāi
disaster caused by strong winds, typhoons, etc.
折扣zhékòu
discount [to bend and reduce]
灰心huīxīn
disheartened
令人灰心lìngrén huīxīn
disheartening
洗碗机xǐwǎnjī
dishwasher
记录片 or 纪录片jìlùpiān
documentary
狗gǒu
dog
不关你的事。Bù guān nǐ de shì
Don’t be nosy! It does not concern you. (best said by a third party)
别太认真了。Bié tài rènzhēn le.
Don’t take it too seriously.
龙lóng
dragon
驾驶执照jiàshǐ zhízhào
driver’s license
旱灾hànzāi
drought; a dry spell
烘干机hōnggānjī
dryer
DVD播放机DVD bōfàngjī
DVD player
各位gèwèi
each and every (direct address)
每měi
each; every
美东时间měi dōng shíjiān
Eastern Time Zone
选举xuǎnjǔ
election [to select and to raise]
电费diàn fèi
electric bill
电炉diànlú
electric stove
就职法jiùzhí fǎ
employment law
英语Yīngyǔ
English language
慢慢吃。Màn màn chī.
Enjoy your meal. Bon Appétit!
请慢用。Qǐng màn yòng.
Enjoy your meal. Bon Appétit! (more formal)
够gòu
enough
精彩jīngcǎi
entertaining; spectacular
入口rùkǒu
entrance
羡慕xiànmù
envious
差chāi
errand; assignment; mission
道德dàodé
ethics; morals
欧洲Ōuzhōu
Europe
前夕qiánxī
eve [the evening before]
每天mě itiān
every day
每天的měitiānde
everyday
交换学生jiāohuàn xuésheng
exchange student
出口chūkǒu
exit; export, to export
眼镜yǎnjìng
eyeglasses
眼睛yǎnjīng
eyes
事实shìshí
fact, truth
工厂gōngchǎng
factory; plant
失败shībài
failure; defeat
著名zhùmíng
famed; renowned
家人jiārén
family member
迷mí
fan, enthusiast
芬达fēndá
Fanta
远yuǎn
far
农场nóngchǎng
farm; ranch
农夫nóngfū
farmer
快kuài
fast
母mǔ
female (of things or animals other than human being)
发烧fāshāo
fever; to run a fever
财务cáiwù
finance [money or wealth business]
美术měishù
fine arts
火灾huǒzāi
fire (of disaster)
第一垒dìyì lěi
first base
鱼缸yú gāng
fish bowl
钓鱼diàoyú
fishing; to go fishing [to hang fish]
屁pì
flatulence
水灾shuǐzāi
flood
地板dǐbàn
floor
感冒gānmào
flu, cold; to catch a cold
英尺yīngchǐ
foot; feet (of length)
为wèi
for
比如说bǐrú shuō
for example
一定,一定!Yīdìng
For sure! By all means!
外国餐厅wàiguó cāntīng
foreign restaurant
森林sēnlín
forest
永远yǒngyuǎn
forever
礼服lǐfú
formal wear (of male); full dress, gown (of female) [ceremonial robe]
免费miǎnfèi
free (of charge) [to waive charge or expense]
土豆条tǔdòutiáo
French fries (colloquial)
薯条shǔtiáo
French fries (formal, used by McDonald’s)
冰箱bīngxiāng
fridge
前院qián yuàn
front yard
令人有挫折感lìngrén yǒu cuòzhé gǎn
frustrating [to make people have a sense of frustration] (It is very wordy and therefore rarely used in colloquial Chinese; instead, people use the expressions in blue to show their frustration.)
挫折cuòzhé
frustration
挫折感cuòzhé gǎn
frustration (a sense of)
好玩儿hǎowánr
fun (to visit or to play)
好玩儿hǎowánr
fun to visit; fun to play
葬礼zànglǐ
funeral
未来wèilái
future; in the future [not yet come]
赌博dǔbó
gambling; to gamble
车库chēkù
garage
花园huāyuán
garden [flower garden]
瓦斯费wǎsī fèi
gas bill
平常píngcháng
generally
鬼guǐ
ghost
鬼节Guǐ Jié
Ghost Festival
你自己去。Nǐ zìjǐ qù.
Go by yourself.
山羊shānyáng
goat
一路顺风!Yí lù shùnfēng!
God speed! Bon voyage! (used primarily when someone is going on a business trip or moving away)
金jīn
gold
好消息hǎo xiāoxi
good news
好看hǎokàn
good-looking (gender-neutral)
政府zhèngfǔ
government
州长zhōuzhǎng
governor (of a state)
年级niánjí
grade or year in school
孙女sūnnǚ
granddaughter from one’s son
外孙子waì sūzi
grandson from one’s daughter
客人kèrén
guest
万圣节前夕Wàn Shèng Jié qiánxī.
Halloween [the evening before All Saints Day] (although many Chinese call Halloween “万圣节Wàn Shèng Jié”)
万圣节前夕是美国的鬼节。Wàn Shèng Jié qiánxī shì Měiguo de guǐ jié
Halloween is the American Ghost Festival.
快乐kuàilè
happy
鬼屋guǐwū
haunted house
一路平安!Yí lù píngān!
Have a safe journey!
干草gāncǎo
hay
他退休了。Tā tuìxiū le.
He is retired.
希伯来文Xībólái wén
Hebrew language
他又来了。Tā yòu lái le.
Here he comes again. There he goes again.
徒步旅行túbùlǚxíng
hiking
屁股pìgǔ
hip; butt
古迹gǔ jī
historic site or monument
苗族miáozú
Hmong ethnicity
爱好àihào
hobby
冰棍球bīnggùnqiú
hockey
假日jiàrì
holiday (general)
节jié
holiday; festival
本垒běn lěi
home base
马mǎ
horse
辣妹làmèi
hot chick [spice girl]
旅馆lǚguǎn
hotel
小时xiǎoshí
hour
钟头zhōngtóu
hour
家庭主妇jiātíng zhǔfù
housewife
打个折吧!Dǎ ge zhé ba!
How about a discount?
你给我打个折扣吧! Nǐ gěi wǒ dǎ ge zhékòu ba!
How about you give me a discount?
中国面积有多大? Zhōngguó miànjī yǒu duōdà?
How big is China’s territory?
多远duōyuǎn
how far
你家离我家有多远? Nǐ jiā lí wǒ jiā yǒu duōyuǎn?
How far is your place from mine?
中国人口有多少? Zhōngguó rénkǒu yǒu duōshǎo?
How large is China’s population? What is China’s population?
这张桌子有多长?Zhè zhāng zhuōzi yǒu duōcháng?
How long is this table?
你多大了?Nǐ duōdà le?
How old are you? (for children or teenagers)
您多大岁数?Nín duōdà suìshù?
How old are you? (for people much older than you)
你几岁?Nǐ jǐ suì?
How old are you? (general)
太不幸了!Tài búxìng le!
How unfortunate! [Too unfortunate.]
人文学rénwénxué
humanities (studies of)
打猎dǎliè
hunting
热闹rènào
hustle and bustle; to bustle with noise and excitement [hot and noisy]
我是一个球迷。Wǒ shì yí ge qiú mí.
I am a ball game fan.
我错了。Wǒ cuò le.
I am wrong.
我听不到。Wǒ tīng bú dào..
I cannot hear you.
我听不见。Wǒ tīng bú jiàn
I cannot hear you.
我不太舒服。Wǒ bú tài shūfu.
I don’t feel well. I am out of sorts.
我听不懂。Wǒ tīng bú dǒng.
I don’t understand what you’re saying. [I hear you but don’t understand]
我觉得恶心。Wǒ juéde ěxīn.
I feel nauseated.
听说tīngshuō
I heard, it is said; rumor has it [to hear and say]
我去了两趟中国。Wǒ qù le liǎng tàng Zhōngguó
I made two trips to China.
我该走了。Wǒ gāi zǒu le.
I should get going. Time for me to leave.
我再找。Wǒ zài zhǎo.
I’ll look again. I’ll look more.
我现在找。Wǒ xiànzài zhǎo.
I’ll look for it now.
我在找。Wǒ zài zhǎo.
I’m looking for it.
我正在找。Wǒ zhèngzài zhǎo.
I’m looking for it. (more emphatic)
我单身。Wǒ dānshēn.
I’m single.
立即lìjí
immediately (formal, used in business and writing )
立刻lì kè
immediately (more formal)
进口jìnkǒu
import; to import
乱七八糟luàn qī bā zāo
in a mess, in great confusion, at sixes and sevens
世界上shìjiè shàng
in the world
传染chuánrǎn
infection, contagion
发炎fāyán
infection, inflammation
消息xiāoxi
information; news; tidings
公寓里(面)gōngyù lǐ(miàn)
inside the apartment
兴趣xìngqù
interest, pastime
有意思yǒu yìsi
interesting (China)
有趣yǒuqù
interesting (Taiwan)
口译kǒuyì
interpretation; to interpret
口译员kǒuyìyuán
interpreter
纽约好玩儿吗? Niǔyuē hǎowánr ma?
Is New York fun to visit? Was New York fun?
岛dǎo
island
果酱guǒjiàng
jam; jelly [fruit sauce]
耶稣Yēsū
Jesus
犹太人Yóutàirén
Jews
笑话xiàohuà
joke
西游记xī yóu jì
Journey to the West (a legend and a famed novel)
喜xǐ
joy; happiness
肾脏shènzàng
kidney
爱心àixīn
kindness; tender feelings
王wáng
king
洗涤槽Xǐdícáo
kitchen sink [cleanse basin]
劳工法láogōng fǎ
labor law
劳动法láodòng fǎ
labor law (the all-inclusive term)
各位先生、小姐gèwèi xiānsheng, xiǎojiě
ladies and gentlemen (direct address)
湖hú
lake
陆lù
land
房东fángdōng
landlord
语言yǔyán
language
语言书yǔyán shū
language book
最大zuì dà
largest
激光jīguāng
laser [fierce light]
柠檬níngméng
lemon
我给你介绍一下王先生。Wǒ gěi nǐ jièshào yí xià Wáng xiānsheng.
Let me (take a moment) to introduce Mr. Wang to you.
我给你介绍一下。Wǒ gěi nǐ jièshào yí xià.
Let me (take a moment) to introduce to you…
推荐信tuījiàn xìn
letter of recommendation
责任zérèn
liability (of law); responsibility
图书馆túshūguǎn
library
执照zhízhào
license
谎话huǎnghuà
lie, humbug
光guāng
light
莱姆láimǔ
lime
听力tīnglì
listening ability; listening skill; listening comprehension
小白兔xiǎo bái tù
little white rabbit (referred to as by children)
木屋mùwū
log cabin
棍子gùnzi
long stick
大声dàshēng
loud; high-volume
小声xiǎoshēng
low-volume (of sound)
块kuài
lump
澳门Àomén
Macau
中国大陆Zhōngguó Dàlù
Mainland China, Chinese mainland
大陆dàlù
mainland; continental
名胜古迹míng shèng gǔ jī
major attractions
主要zhǔyào
major; primary
疟疾nűèjí
malaria
公gōng
male (of things or animals other than human being)
曼哈顿Mànhādùn
Manhattan
马拉松mālāsōng
marathon
夫妻fūqī
married couple
闲事xiánshì
matters not of one’s concern; trivial matters
可能kěnéng
maybe
门mén
measure word for a class course
几门课jǐ mén kè
how many courses
节jié, 堂táng
measure word for a class session
部bù
measure word for movies
趟tàng
measure word for trips or runs made
药yào
medicine
吃药了!Chī yào le!
Time to take medicine!
记忆力jìyìlì
memory (the capability to memorize)
回忆huíyì
memory; recollection; something recalled to the mind
记忆力jìyìlì
memory; the power of recalling to mind
大都会dàdūhuì
metropolitan, cosmopolitan
微波炉wéibōlú
microwave oven
十月中Shíyuè zhōng
mid-October
军jūn
military, the armed forces
百万bǎiwàn
million (100 times 10,000)
别管闲事。Bié guǎn xiánshì.
Mind your own business! (best said by a third party) [Don’t mind other people’s business.]
迷你裙mínǐqún
mini-skirt
分钟fēnzhōng
minute (of duration)
分fēn
minute (of time)
镜子jìngzi
mirror
猴;猴子hóu; hóuzi
monkey
孙悟空Sūn Wùkōng
Monkey King’s name
母语mǔyǔ
mother tongue, native language
山shān
mountain
山露shānlù
Mountain Dew
湿热shīrè
muggy [wet+hot]
市立shìliì
municipal
直辖市zhíxiáshì
Municipality directly under the jurisdiction of the Central Government
博物馆bówùguǎn
museum
音乐家yīnyuèjiā
musician
必须bìxū
must
得děi
must (colloquial); have to
一定yīdìng
must (was or were presumably certain to or was or were bound to; to be logically inferred or supposed to)
我自己wǒ zijǐ
myself; by myself, on my own
国立guólì
national
国家公园guójiā gōngyuán
national park
恶心ěxīn
nauseous; nauseated
令人恶心lìngrén ěxīn
nauseous; nauseating
海军hǎijūn
navy
附近fùjìn
nearby area
新闻xīnwén
news (of TV or newspaper) [new to hear]
没有人méiyǒu rén
no one
废话Fèi huà!
Nonsense!
正常zhèngcháng
normal
北美洲Běi Měizhōu
North America
北方běifāng
northern area
西北航空公司Xīběi Hángkōng Gōngsī
Northwest Airlines
不错。Bú cuò.
Not bad. Pretty good.
不方便。Bù fāngbiàn.
Not convenient. (A Chinese euphemism for turning down a request.)
还没。Hái méi.
Not yet.
笔记bǐjì
notes
没事。Měi shì.
Nothing. Not much happening. I am alright.
护士hùshì
nurse
奥克兰Àokèlán
Oakland
西方xīfāng
Occident; the West
洋yáng
ocean
大洋洲Dàyángzhōu
Oceania
(我的)天啊!(Wǒde) tiān a!
Oh, (my) gosh!
旧jiù
old, used
断断续续duànduanxùxu
on and off
一房一厅yìfángyìtīng
one-bedroom (and one living room) (real-estate lingo)
开放经济kāifàng jīngjì
open economy
开放kāifàng
open or to open (of intangible things); liberal, open-minded
开放政策kāifàng zhèngcè
open policy
歌剧gējù
opera
歌剧院gējù yuàn
opera house
东方dōngfāng
Orient; the Far East
牛niú
ox
速度sùdù
pace; speed
跳伞tiàosǎn
parachute
阳伞yángsǎn
parasol
公园gōngyuán
park [public garden]
伙伴huǒbàn
partner
过去guòqù
past; in the past [have gone]
耐心nàixīn
patience
农民nóngmín
peasant
笔bǐ
pen
百分比bǎi fēn bǐ
percentage
宠物chǒngwù
pet [spoiled animals]
生理学shēnglǐxué
physiology [life-logic study]
猪zhū
pig
盗版dàobǎn
piracy; bootleg
海盗hǎidào
pirate
可怜kělián
pitiful; pitiable
空难kōngnàn
plane crash (of passenger planes or ones with fatalities)
麻烦你给我介绍一下王先生。Máfán nǐ gěi wǒ jièshào yí xià Wáng xiānsheng.
Please introduce Mr. Wang to me.
高兴gāoxìng
pleased; glad
杆子gānzi
pole, staff (e.g., flag pole)
党dǎng
political party; clique, gang
政治zhèngzhì
politics
穷qióng
poor; destitute
人口rénkǒu
population
土豆(儿) tǔdòu(r)
potato (colloquial)
马铃薯mǎlíngshǔ
potato (formal)
怀孕huáiyùn
pregnancy; to be pregnant; to conceive
胎教tāijiào
prenatal instruction; prenatal care (i.e. influencing the development of the fetus by maternal impressions) [embryo or fetal education]
总统zǒngtǒng
president (of a nation)
总统选举zǒngtǒng xuǎnjǔ
presidential election
漂亮piàoliàng
pretty (feminine)
奖Jiǎng
prize; award
奖品jiǎngpǐn
prize; award; trophy
产品chǎnpǐn
product
基督教Jīdūjiào
Protestant Christianity
省shěng
province
省立shěnglì
provincial
省会shěnghuì
provincial capital
安静ānjìng
quiet
宁静níngjìng
quiet, tranquil, serene
兔;兔子tù; tùzi
rabbit; hare
种族zhǒngzú
race; ethnicity
收音机shōuyīnjī
radio [sound-receiving machine]
羊yáng
ram
鼠;老鼠shǔ; lǎoshǔ
rat; mouse
生的shēngde
raw
复fù-
re-
最近zuìjìn
recently
记录jìlù
record (of an event); minutes (of a meeting); to record
共和国gònghéguó
republic [together and harmonious nation]
共和的gònghéde;
republican
共和国的gònghéguóde
republican
共和党gònghédǎng
Republican Party
订dìng
reserve
尊敬zūnjìng
respect; to respect
尊敬的zūnjìngde
respected (salutation for a business letter)
职责zhízé
responsibility, job function
退休的老师tuìxiūde lǎoshī
retired teacher
有钱yǒuqián
rich; wealth [to have money]
马上mǎshàng
right away (more colloquial)
路lù
road
鸡jī
rooster
来回láihuí
round trip (to come and return)
来回票láihuí piào
round-trip ticket
乡下xiāngxià
rural area; country side (Mandarin); ancestral home (Cantonese)
圣shèng
sacred
圣人shèngrén
saint
行销经理xíngxiāo jīnglǐ
sales manager
旧金山Jiùjīnshān;
San Francisco
三藩市Sānfānshì
San Francisco
学校xuéxiào
school
学校Xüé xiào
school
科学家kēxuéjiā
scientist
走开!Zǒu kāi!
Scram! (not polite)
海边hǎibiān
seashore; seaside
季节jìjié
season
秒钟miǎozhōng
second (duration; by itself)
秒钟miǎozhōng
second (of duration)
秒miǎo
second (of time)
秒miǎo
second (part of time)
第二大dìèr dà
second largest
押金yājīn
security deposit
自我介绍zìwǒ jièshào
self introduction
自己zìjǐ
self; by ones self
学期xuéqī
semester; term
句子jùzi
sentence (of grammar)
认真rènzhēn
serious; conscientious; earnest
严重yánzhòng
serious; critical; grave (of matter, situation or ailment)
严肃yánsù
serious; solemn (of facial expression)
绵羊miányáng
sheep
购物gòuwù
shopping
签名qiānmíng
signature, to sign (colloquial)
签字qiānzì
signature, to sign (literary)
单身汉dànshēn hàn
single guy
天空tiānkōng
sky
睡觉shuìjiào
sleeping; to sleep
聪明cōngmíng
smart
蛇shé
snake; serpent
公德(心)gōngdé(xīn)
social morals; civility [public virtue]
汽水qìshuǐ
soda
垒球lěiqiú
softball
军人jūnrén
soldier
士兵shìbīng
soldier (of the rank and file); an enlisted man; a private
有些人yǒuxiē rén
some people
有人yǒu rén
someone (statement); anyone (question)
什么吗?shénme ma?
something?
南美洲Nán Měizhōu
South America
东南部dōngnán bù
southeast area
南方nánfāng
Southern area
专业zhuānyè
specialty (of profession); major (of academic study)
运动yùndòng.
sports; exercise; movement (of politics)
我喜欢做运动。Wǒ xǐxuān zuò yùndòng
I like to exercise; I like to do sports.
雪碧xuěbì
Sprite
平方píngfāng
square (in measure)
平方英尺píngfāng yīngchǐ
square foot
松鼠sōngshǔ
squirrel [pine rat]
体育场tǐyùchǎng
stadium [PE field]
标准biāozhǔn
standard; exact, accurate
州zhōu
state (of the U.S.)
首府shǒufǔ
state capital
州立公园zhōulì gōngyuán
state park
州立zhōulì
state-owned-and-managed (of the U.S.)
牛排niúpái
steak
废话少说!Fei huà shǎo shuō!
Stop talking nonsense! Cut to the chase!
商店shāngdiàn
store; shop [business store]
火炉huǒlú
stove
酷哥kùgē
stud, hunk
西装xīzhuāng
suit [western attire]
日光rìguāng
sun light
开刀kāidāo
surgery
燕;燕子yàn; yànzi
swallow
游泳yóuyǒng
swimming; to swim
太极拳dàijíquán
Tai Chi
尾;尾巴wěi; wěiba
tail
慢走。Màn zǒu.
Take your time. No rush. (when seeing guests off at the door)
八卦bāguà
Taoist Eight Diagrams; Taoist octagon mirror; gossip (slang)
税shuì
tax
付税fù shuì
to pay tax
工艺gōngyì
technology (colloquial, used as a noun); craftsmanship; crafts
技术jìshù
technology, technique (formal, used as a noun and as an attributive adjective)
适中shìzhōng
temperate
房客fángkè
tenant
帐篷zhàngpéng
tent
课本kèběn
text book
美洲Měizhōu
the Americas
水牛城shuǐniúchéng
the city of Buffalo
唯一的… wéiyīde…
the only…; the one and only…
他是这儿唯一的外国人。Tā shì zhèr wéiyīde wàiguórén.
He is the only foreigner here.
太阳tàiyáng
the sun
缅甸Miǎndiàn
the Union of Myanmar (Burma)
关于…的事guānyú…de shì
things about; about; regarding; concerning
这个比哪个好。Zhè ge bǐ nà ge hǎo.
This one is better than that one.
西藏Xīzàng
Tibet
虎;老虎hǔ; lǎohǔ
tiger
化huà
to …ize
接受jiēshòu
to accept (an offer, an invitation)
收养shōuyǎng
to adopt [to receive and raise]
同意tóngyì
to agree
回答huídá
to answer
拍手pāi shǒu
to applaud; to clap hands
迟到chídào
to arrive late [to delay in arrival]
讶异yàyì
to astound
吸引xīyǐn
to attract
带dài
to baby-sit (colloquial)
对…过敏duì…guòmǐn
to be allergic to
出生chūshēng
to be born
出生chūshēng
to be born
离…很近lí…hěn jìn
to be close to (of geographic distance)
舒服shūfu
to be comfortable (of things); to be well (of people)
订婚dìnghūn
to be engaged (of marriage)
带家具dài jiājù
to be furnished [to bring furniture]
有爱心yǒu àixīn
to be kind
出差chūchāi
to be on a business trip
有耐心yǒu nàixīn
to be patient
属shǔ
to belong to (of Chinese Zodiac symbols)
打赌dǎdǔ
to bet, to place wager
断duàn
to break
带dài
to bring
带来dài lai
to bring over
关心guānxīn
to care about; to be concerned with
打扫dǎsǎo
to clean up; to sweep
清洗qīngxǐ
to clean; to wash; to cleanse
比bǐ
to compare
把…坠毁bǎ…zhuìhuǐ
to crash (aircraft or flying objects) v.t.
把…撞坏bǎ…zhuànghuài
to crash (aircraft, automobiles or moving objects) v.t.
撞坏zhuànghuài
to crash (of aircraft or automobiles) v.i.
坠毁zhuìhuǐ
to crash (of aircraft) v.i.
决定juédìng
to decide; decision
挖wā
to dig
节约jiéyuē
to economize, to conserve
遇见yùjiàn
to encounter (of people)
结束jiéshù
to end
交换jiāohuàn
to exchange
掉下来diào xiàlái
to fall down (v.i.)
掉diào
to fall; to drop
放屁fàngpì
to fart; utter rubbish!
拍马屁pāi (somebody) mǎpì
to flatter; to suck up; to brownnose [to pat the horse’s behind]
剪头发jiǎn tóufa
to get a haircut (feminine) [to cut hair]
理发lǐ fǎ
to get a haircut (masculine; proper) [to manage hair]
剃头tì tóu
to get a haircut (masculine; vernacular) [to shave head]
结婚jiéhūn
to get married; to wed [to connect marriage]
打折dǎ zhé
to give a discount [to hit the bent price]
试试shìshi
to give…a try
试一试shì yí shì
to give…a try
吃吃看chīchikàn
to give…a try (of food)
喝喝看hēhekàn
to give…a try (of soup, beverage and liquid)
试试看shìshikàn
to give…a try [to try and see]
散步sànbù
to go for a walk; strolling
约会yuēhuì
to go on a date
跟…约会gēn…yuēhuì
to go on a date with…
度假dùjià
to go on vacation
做礼拜zuò lǐbài
to go to church
从…毕业cóng … bìyè
to graduate from …
种zhòng
to grow; to plant
考…kǎo…
to have a test in…
跟家人吃晚饭gēn jiārén chī wǎnfàn
to have dinner with family
喝过hē guò
to have experience of drinking
放假fàngjià
to have vacation time
闻wén
to hear (literary; archaic); to smell (modern)
包括bāokuò
to include
介绍jièshào
to introduce
开玩笑kāi wánxiào
to joke [to crack open a joke]; just joking
跳tiào
to jump
一直哭yízhí kū
to keep crying, to cry a lot
踢tī
to kick
认识rènshì
to know (someone); to get acquainted with
离开líkāi
to leave
离lí
to leave, away from (of distance or duration, compared with 从cóng, meaning “from,” but as a starting point in time or place)
说谎shuō huǎng
to lie, to tell a lie
聆听língtīng
to listen; to hear (formal)
看起来(像) kàn qǐlái (xiàng)
to look (like), to seem (like)
这道菜看起来很好吃。Zhè dào cài kàn qǐlái hěn hǎochī.
This dish looks delicious.
输shū
to lose
管guǎn
to mind, to be bothered with
搬进来bān jìnlái
to move in (here)
割草gē cǎo
to mow lawn [to cut grass]
不必bú bì
to need not
不许bù xǔ
to not permit or allow
冒犯màofàn
to offend
Duìbuqǐ, wǒ màofàn nǐ le.
I am sorry that I’ve offended you.
拥有yōngyǒu
to own
参加cānjiā
to participate (in); to join; to attend
拍pāi
to pat
允许Yǔnxǔ
to permit or allow
摘zhāi
to pick, to pluck (of fruit and flowers)
采cǎi
to pick, to pluck (same as摘zhāi, but more literary)
计划jìhuà
to plan (formal and professional)
打算dǎsuàn
to plan, to intend (colloquial)
打高尔夫球dǎ gāoěrfūqiù
to play golf
踢足球tī zúquí
to play soccer
所有suǒyǒu
to possess (legal)
打太极拳dǎ dàijíquán
to practice Tai Chi
准备zhǔnbèi
to prepare
防止fángzhǐ
to prevent
禁止jìnzhǐ
to prohibit, to forbid
拉lā
to pull (of doors)
拔bá
to pull out (of plant roots); to pluck (of hair)
辞职cízhí
to quit a job, to resign (from a job)
养yǎng
to raise
养yǎng
to raise (children or animals)
举手jǔ shǒu
to raise hand
收shōu
to receive (an invitation); to accept (a form of payment)
推荐tuījiàn
to recommend
记jì
to record
重温旧梦chóng wēn jiù mèng
to relive an old dream; (slang) to rekindle an old flame
除雪chú xuě
to remove snow
像xiàng
to resemble; a likeness of
订dìng
to reserve
复习fùxí
to review (lessons)
评估pínggū
to review, to evaluate, to assess, to estimate
复审fùshěn
to review, to re-examine
骑qí
to ride (of horses or bikes)
坐船zuò chuán
to ride in a boat
搭船dā chaún
to ride in a boat
起来qǐlái
to rise; up
竞选州长jìngxuǎn zhōuzhǎng
to run for governor
竞选jìngxuǎn
to run in an election; to run for
碰见pèngjiàn
to run into (of people)
接住jiēzhù
to seize, to grasp (of flying object)
选xuǎn
to select, to elect, to pick
就选一个吧!Jiù xuǎn yí ge ba!
Why don’t you just pick one!
上菜shàng cài
to serve food; to bring on dishes
买东西mǎi dōngxi
to shop [to buy stuff]
签到qiāndào
to sign in [to sign arrive]
闻起来(像) wén qǐlái (xiàng)
to smell (like)
听起来(像) tīng qǐlái (xiàng)
to sound (like)
说话shuōhuà
to speak (intransitive verb; VO)
炒chǎo
to stir fry
读书dúshū
to study
压抑yàyì
to suppress; to repress
惊讶jīngyà
to surprise
照顾zhàogù
to take care of
照顾zhàogù
to take care of
记笔记jì bǐjì
to take notes
写笔记xiě bǐjì
to take notes
吃起来(像) chī qǐlái (xiàng)
to taste (like)
蛇肉吃起来像鸡肉。Shé ròu chī qǐlái xiàng jīròu.
Snake meat tastes like chicken.
教jiāo
to teach
以为yǐwéi
to think (mistakenly)
想xiǎng
to think (w/o conviction)
觉得juéde
to think, to feel (w/ conviction)
认为rènwéi
to think, to feel (w/ conviction, more business-like)
整理zěnglǐ
to tidy up
游yóu
to travel for fun; to swim
试shì
to try
伺候cìhòu
to wait on
走zǒu
to walk; to leave; to hit the road
洗手xǐ shǒu
to wash hands
看棒球赛kàn bàngqiú sài
to watch a baseball game.
照看zhàokàn
to watch over, to keep an eye on, to take care of
给…打蜡gěi…dǎ là
to wax or polish with wax
赢yíng
to win
得奖dé jiǎng
to win or receive a prize or an award
祝zhù
to wish
一起yìqǐ
together
同Tóng
together; same
旅客lǚkè
tourist
商品交易会shāngpǐn jiāoyì huì展销会zhǎnxiāo huì
trade fair
工会gōnghuì
trade union
翻译fānyì
translation; to translate
翻译员fānyìyuán
translator
树shù
tree
试着shìzhe
tried to
槽cáo
trough
火鸡huǒjī
turkey
燕尾服yànwèifú
tuxedo; tailcoat
两房一厅liǎngfángyìtīng
two-bedroom (and one living room) (real-estate lingo)
雨伞yǔsǎn
umbrella
不幸búxìng
unfortunate
旱hàn
unirrigated (of farmland)
联合航空公司Liánhé Hángkōng Gōngsī
United Airlines
北密Běi Mì
Up North (of Michigan)
通常tōngcháng
usually
水电瓦斯费shuǐdiànwǎsī fèi
utilities
蔬菜shūcài
vegetable
菜园cài yuán
vegetable garden
兽医shòuyī
veterinarian
带狗去看医生dài gǒu qù kàn yīshēng
veterinary appointment
签证qiānzhèng
visa
视力shìlì
vision; the ability to see
声音shēngyīn
voice; sound
自愿活动zhìyuàn huódòng;
volunteer work
义务活动yìwù huódòng
volunteer work
战争zhànzhēng
war
温;温暖wēn; wēnnuǎn
warm
温水wēn shuǐ
warm water
暖和nuǎnhuo
warm, balmy
洗衣机xǐyījī
washer
水费shuǐ fèi
water bill
瀑布pùbù
waterfall
蜡là
wax
咱们zánmen
we (including the addressee, compared with 我们wǒmen, which may or may not include the addressee; also more of a Beijing vernacular)
我们去公园玩儿。Wǒmen qù gōngyuán wǎnr
We went to the park to play.
天气tiānqì
weather
婚礼hūnlǐ
wedding ceremony
结婚礼服jiéhūn lǐfú
wedding dress
湿shī
wet
很可怜!Hěn kělián!
What a pity! Poor thing!
怎么办?Zěnme bàn?
What can we do? What to do? (Used when encountering a problem in life) [how to handle]
还有呢?Hái yǒu ne?
What else? Anything else?
哪种něi zhǒng
what kind, what type (When there is a measure word, instead of “什么shénme,” use “哪něi” for “what.” For example, “what nationality” in Chinese is 哪国人něi guó rén.)
几年次jǐ niáncì
what year of birth
你几年出生?Nǐ jǐ nián chūshēng?
What year were you born?
几年jǐ nián
what year; how many years
这张桌子的长度是什么? Zhè zhāng zhuōzi de chángdù shì shénme?
What’s the length of this table?
你属什么生肖?Nǐ shǔ shénme shēngxiào ?
What’s your Chinese Zodiac symbol?
当…的时候Dāng … de shíhòu
when; during the time in which
你祖籍哪儿?Nǐ zǔjí nǎr?
Where was your family from originally? Of what descent are you?
顺便shùnbiàn
while your at it…
威士忌wēishìjì
whiskey
白兔bái tù
white rabbit (commonly raised as a pet)
谁?Shéi?
Who is it?
哪位?Něi wèi?
Who is it? (more polite than 谁shéi)
您哪儿?Nín nǎr?
Who is it? (more polite than 谁shéi)
您哪儿?Nín nǎr?
Who is this? (direct address, when on the phone or answering the door)
您是哪位?Nín shì něi wèi?
Who is this? (direct address, when on the phone or answering the door)
全quán
whole
全世界quán shìjiè
whole world
怎么会这样呢? Zěnme huì zhèyàng ne?
Why would this happen? How could this happen?
烛芯zhúxīn
wick
葡萄酒pútáojiǔ
wine [grape alcohol]
愿望yuànwàng
wish; hope
世界shìjiè
world
第二世界大战dì èr shìjiè dà zhàn
World War II
错cuò
wrong; mistake, error
岁suì
year (of age)
年nián
year (of time)
瑜伽yújiā
yoga
你说谎!Nǐ shuō huǎng!
You are a liar! You are lying. You lied.
没错。Méi cuò.
You can say that again! [don’t have mistakes]
哪里,哪里!Nǎlǐ, nǎlǐ!
You flatter me. Not at all. You are welcome.
哪儿的话!Nǎr de huà! (the Beijing variation)
You flatter me. Not at all. You are welcome
动物园dòngwùyuán
zoo [animal park]