English to Chinese Dictionary


nín you (courteous, as opposed to informal 你[ni3])
谢谢 xiè xie to thank / thanks / thank you
you (informal, as opposed to courteous 您[nin2])
you (Note: In Taiwan, 妳 is used to address females, but in mainland China, it is not commonly used. Instead, 你 is used to address both males and females.)
你们 men you (plural)
ne particle indicating that a previously asked question is to be applied to the preceding word ("What about ...?", "And ...?") / particle for inquiring about location ("Where is ...?") / particle signaling a pause, to emphasize the preceding words and allow the listener time to take them on board ("ok?", "are you with me?") / (at the end of a declarative sentence) particle indicating continuation of a state or action / particle indicating strong affirmation
再见 zài jiàn goodbye / see you again later
不客气 qi you're welcome / don't mention it / impolite / rude / blunt
干什么 gàn shén me what are you doing? / what's he up to?
没什么 méi shén me it doesn't matter; it's nothing; never mind / think nothing of it; it's my pleasure; you're welcome
咱们 zán men we or us (including both the speaker and the person(s) spoken to) / (dialect) I or me / (dialect) (in a coaxing or familiar way) you / also pr. [za2 men5]
干杯 gān bēi to drink a toast / Cheers! (proposing a toast) / Here's to you! / Bottoms up! / lit. dry cup
各位 wèi everybody / all (guests, colleagues etc) / all of you
只有 zhǐ yǒu only have ... / there is only ... / (used in combination with 才[cai2]) it is only if one ... (that one can ...) (Example: 只有通過治療才能痊愈|只有通过治疗才能痊愈[zhi3 you3 tong1 guo4 zhi4 liao2 cai2 neng2 quan2 yu4] "the only way to cure it is with therapy") / it is only ... (who ...) (Example: 只有男性才有此需要[zhi3 you3 nan2 xing4 cai2 you3 ci3 xu1 yao4] "only men would have such a requirement") / (used to indicate that one has no alternative) one can only (do a certain thing) (Example: 只有屈服[zhi3 you3 qu1 fu2] "the only thing you can do is give in")
tái (classical) you (in letters) / variant of 臺|台[tai2]
倒是 dào shi contrary to what one might expect / actually / contrariwise / why don't you
不敢当 gǎn dāng lit. I dare not (accept the honor); fig. I don't deserve your praise / you flatter me
有没有 yǒu méi yǒu (before a noun) Do (you, they etc) have ...? / Is there a ...? / (before a verb) Did (you, they etc) (verb, infinitive)? / Have (you, they etc) (verb, past participle)?
废话 fèi huà nonsense; rubbish; superfluous words / You don't say!; No kidding! (gently sarcastic)
少见 shǎo jiàn rare; seldom seen / (formal) it's a rare pleasure to see you
好说 hǎo shuō easy to deal with; not a problem / (polite answer) you flatter me
提防 fang to guard against / to be vigilant / watch you don't (slip) / Taiwan pr. [ti2 fang2]
可歌可泣 lit. you can sing or you can cry (idiom); fig. deeply moving / happy and sad / inspiring and tragic
寥寥无几 liáo liáo just a very few (idiom); tiny number / not many at all / You count them on your fingers.
索性 suǒ xìng you might as well (do it) / simply / just

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