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普通话 pǔ tōng huà: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

普通话 (pǔ tōng huà) English Meaning

  • Mandarin (common language)
  • Putonghua (common speech of the Chinese language)
  • ordinary speech

Traditional Characters:  普通話

普 forms words in:

通 forms words in:

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话 forms words in:

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Sample Sentences

  • 你会讲普通话吗?
    Nǐ huì jiǎng pǔtōnghuà ma?
    Are you able to speak Mandarin?
  • 这不是普通话,而是上海话。
    Zhè bùshì pǔtōnghuà, ér shì shànghǎi huà.
    This isn’t Mandarin, it’s Shanghainese.
  • 推行普通话,是中国的国策。
    Tuīxíng pǔtōnghuà, shì zhōngguó de guócè.
    Promoting Mandarin Chinese is China’s national plan.
  • 她会说中文,却不会说普通话。
    Tā huì shuō zhōngwén, què bù huì shuō pǔtōnghuà.
    She can speak Chinese, but she can’t speak Mandarin.
  • 他不但会说普通话,而且会说上海话。
    Tā bùdàn huì shuō pǔtōnghuà, érqiě huì shuō shànghǎi huà.
    Not only can he speak Mandarin, but Shanghainese as well.
  • 你像你说的那些人一样都属于说不好普通话的人。
    Nǐ xiàng nǐ shuō dì nàxiē rén yīyàng dōu shǔyú shuō bu hǎo pǔtōnghuà de rén.
    You, like the people you’re talking about, are among those who cannot speak Mandarin well.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

普 (pǔ): general; popular; everywhere; universal

  •  (bìng): stand or place side by side
  •  (rì): sun

通 (tōng): to go through; to know well; (suffix) expert; to connect; to communicate; open; to clear; classifier for letters, telegrams, phone calls, etc.

• 辶 (chuò): brisk walking
• 甬 (yǒng): the Yongjiang river 甬江(Yǒngjiāng) through Ningbo 寧波|宁波(Níng bō); abbr. for Ningbo

话 (huà): dialect; language; spoken words; speech; talk; words; conversation; what sb said; CL: 種/种(zhǒng), 席 (xí), 句 (jù), 口 (kǒu), 番(fān)

  • 讠 (yán): speech
    舌 (shé): tongue

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 普

HSK 4 Word List

  • 普遍 (pǔ biàn): universal; general; widespread; common
  • 普通话 (pǔ tōng huà): Mandarin (common language); Putonghua (common speech of the Chinese language); ordinary speech

HSK 6 Word List

  • 普及 (pǔ jí): popular; to popularize; universal; ubiquitous; pervasive

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 通

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

  • 沟通 (gōu tōng): communicate
  • 通常 (tōng cháng): usual; regular; ordinary; normal

HSK 6 Word List

  • 畅通 (chàng tōng): unimpeded; free-flowing; straight path; unclogged; move without obstruction
  • 精通 (jīng tōng): proficient
  • 卡通 (kǎ tōng): cartoon
  • 流通 (liú tōng): to circulate
  • 通货膨胀 (tōng huò péng zhàng): inflation
  • 通缉 (tōng jī): to order the arrest of somebody as criminal; to list as wanted;
  • 通俗 (tōng sú): common; everyday; average
  • 通讯 (tōng xùn): communications; a news story (e.g. dispatched over the wire); CL: 個|个(gè)
  • 通用 (tōng yòng): common (use); interchangeable

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 话

HSK 1 Word List

HSK 2 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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