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差 chà: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 3

差 (chà) English Meaning

  • to differ from
  • to fall short of
  • lacking
  • wrong
  • inferior

Traditional Character:  

This character forms words in:

HSK 3, HSK 4,  HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to jump to the list.  PLEASE NOTE:  This character is also pronounced chài in HSK 4.

Sample Sentences

  • 这塑胶的质料比玻璃差。
    Zhè sùjiāo de zhìliào bǐ bōlí chà.
    This plastic is inferior in quality to glass.
  • 他离网球高手还差得远呢。
    Tā lí wǎngqiú gāoshǒu hái chà dé yuǎn ne.
    He is far from a good tennis player.
  • 你没理由觉得自己比别人差的。
    Nǐ méi lǐyóu juédé zìjǐ bǐ biérén chà de.
    There is no reason for you to feel inferior to anyone.
  • 天气太差,我们只好迟点出发。
    Tiānqì tài chà, wǒmen zhǐhǎo chí diǎn chūfā.
    Bad weather prevented us from starting.
  • 廉价照相机的质量并总不比昂贵的差。
    Liánjià zhàoxiàngjī de zhìliàng bìng zǒng bùbǐ ángguì de chà.
    A cheaper camera is not always inferior to a more expensive one.
  • 他们反映服务质量差,但经理并未理会。
    Tāmen fǎnyìng fúwù zhìliàng chà, dàn jīnglǐ bìng wèi lǐhuì.
    They complained about the bad service, but got no joy from the manager.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

hsk 3 cha
  • ⺶ (rèn): sheep
  • 工 (gōng): work

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 差

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

  • 差距(chā jù): disparity; gap
  • 时差(shí chā): jet lag; time lag; jet lag

HSK 6 Word List

  • 差别(chā bié): difference; distinction; diversity; disparity
  • 偏差(piān chā): bias; deviation
  • 误差(wù chā): difference; error; inaccuracy
  • 相差(xiāng chà): to differ; discrepancy between
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