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功夫 gōng fu: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

功夫 (gōng fu) English Meaning

  • skill
  • art
  • kung fu
  • labor
  • effort

Traditional Character:  功夫

功 forms words in:

HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to see them all.

夫 forms words in:

HSK 2, HSK 4 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to see them all.

Sample Sentences

  • 功夫到了,事情自然会成功。
    Gōngfū dàole, shìqíng zìrán huì chénggōng.
    Constant effort yields sure success.
  • 问问他是否有功夫去看电影。
    Wèn wèn tā shìfǒu yǒu gōngfū qù kàn diànyǐng.
    Ask him if he has time to go to the movies.
  • 我想解决这个问题,可是白费功夫。
    Wǒ xiǎng jiějué zhège wèntí, kěshì báifèi gōngfū.
    I tried to in vain to solve the problem.
  • 滴水穿石。只要功夫深,铁杵磨成针。
  • Dīshuǐchuānshí. Zhǐyào gōngfū shēn, tiě chǔ mó chéng zhēn.
    A drop of water wears away a stone. With great effort, an iron pestle can be ground into a needle.
  • 只有次要的批评家才有闲功夫追究这些无足轻重的小事。
    Zhǐyǒu cì yào de pīpíng jiā cái yǒu xián gōngfū zhuījiù zhèxiē wúzúqīngzhòng de xiǎoshì.
    Only minor critics have time to pursue such trivialties.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

HSK 4 gong 1

功 (gōng): meritorious deed or service; achievement; result; service; accomplishment; work (physics)

  •  (gōng): work
  •  (lì): force
hsk 2 fu

夫 (fū): husband; man; manual worker; conscripted laborer (old)

  •  (yī): one
  •  (dà): big

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 功

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

  • 功能 (gōng néng): function; capability
  • 用功 (yòng gōng): to study hard; industrious (in one’s studies); to make great effort; diligent

HSK 6 Word List

  • 功劳 (gōng láo): contribution; meritorious service; credit
  • 功效 (gōng xiào): efficacy
  • 急功近利 (jí gōng jìn lì): seeking instant benefit (idiom); shortsighted vision, looking only for fast return
  • 气功 (qì gōng): qigong, a system of deep breathing exercises

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 夫

HSK 2 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

  • 夫妇(fū fù):  a (married) couple; husband and and wife; CL:  对(duì)
  • 夫人(fū ren):  lady; madam; Mrs.; CL:  位(wèi)

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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