10 Chinese Words With No English Equivalent


zǎo liàn
早恋
“Early Love”

wǒ de érzi zǎoliànle, zěnme bàn?
我的儿子早恋了,怎么办?
My son is experiencing early love! What should I do?

Jiù hěn jǐnzhāng
就很紧张
It’s very nerve-wracking

Yuánfèn
缘分
“Puppy Love”

hǎo làngmàn
好浪漫
How Romantic!

bǐrú shuō yǒuyī bù yǒumíng de yīngyǔ diànyǐng, tā de zhōngwén míngzì jiàozuò “yuánfèn tiān zhùdìng”
比如说有一部有名的英语电影,它的中文名字叫做《缘分天注定》
For example, there is a famous english language movie whose name in Chinese is “ Fate and Destiny”

bǐrú shuō
比如说
For example

wǒ hé tā méiyǒu yuánfèn.
我和他没有缘分。
He and I aren’t meant to be

Xīnkǔle
辛苦了
“Hard work”

Lawrence nǐ xīnkǔle.
Lawrence 你辛苦了。
Lawrence, you have worked very hard

Nǐ xīnkǔle, wǒ xiān zǒule
你辛苦了,我先走了。
You’ve worked very hard, now I’m leaving

Jiāyóu
加油
“Let’s Go”

wǒ yǐqián yǐwéi jiāyóu jiùshì fighting.
我以前以为加油就是fighting.
I used to think that “Jiāyóu” referred to fighting.

Zhōngguó duì jiāyóu, zhōngguó duì jiāyóu
中国队加油,中国队加油
Go Team China! Go Team China!

Xiàoshùn
孝顺
“Fillial Piety”

wǒ hěn xiàoshùn, wǒ dōu tīng wǒ bà mā de.
我很孝顺,我都听我爸妈的。’
I am very filial, I always listen to my parents

lìhài
厉害
“Formidable”

Lawrence hěn lìhài
Lawrence很厉害。
Lawrence is very formidable

25/5000
Kèqì
客气
“Polite”

nǐ tài kèqìle,Lawrence
你太客气了,Lawrence
You’re too courteous Lawrence

bié kèqì, bié kèqì
别客气,别客气
You’re welcome, You’re welcome!

Xiāng

“Fragrant”

Zhège niúpái hěn xiāng
这个牛排很香。
The steak smells good.

cài hěn xiāng
菜很香
The food smells good.

Jiùshì méiyǒu nàme commonly used
就是没有那么commonly used
But it isn’t as commonly used

shèhuì
社会
Society

shèhuì tài hēi’ànle.
社会太黑暗了。
Society is too dark

Guāi

“behave”

wǒ de nǚ’ér hǎo guāi.
我的女儿好乖。
My daughter is very well behaved

Nǐ nǚ’ér hǎo guāi.
你女儿好乖。
You’re daughter is very well behaved

Háizi dōu yīnggāi hěn guāi.
孩子都应该很乖。
Children should all be well behaved

2 thoughts on “10 Chinese Words With No English Equivalent”

  1. For the transcripts would it be possible to put a time stamp in italics whenever youre going to the next subject? There are no transitions, it would be nice to have at least a time stamp of when you start talking about a word or phrase.

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