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词语 cí yǔ: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

词语 (cí yǔ) English Meaning

  • word (general term including monosyllables through to short phrases)
  • term (e.g. technical term)
  • expression

Traditional Characters:  詞語

词 forms words in:

HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to see them all.

语 forms words in:

HSK 1, HSK 4,  HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to see them all.

Sample Sentences

  • “旗袍”这个词语在中国北方广为使用。
    “Qípáo” zhège cíyǔ zài zhōngguó běifāng guǎng wèi shǐyòng.
    The term “qipao” is widely used in Northern China.
  • 我以前从未听到过这个词语,是最近新造的吗?
    Wǒ yǐqián cóng wèi tīng dàoguò zhège cíyǔ, shì zuìjìn xīnzào de ma?
    I hadn’t heard that expression before; is it a new one?
  • 我喜欢词语游戏,可《时代周刊》上的纵横填字字谜常常把我搞湖涂。
    Wǒ xǐhuān cíyǔ yóuxì, kě “shídài zhōukān” shàng de zònghéng tián zì zìmí chángcháng bǎ wǒ gǎo hú tú.
    I enjoy word games, but The Times crossword puzzles always get me confused.
  • 她使用的词语未免太陈旧了。
    Tā shǐyòng de cíyǔ wèimiǎn tài chénjiùle.
    She uses rather dated words and phrases.
  • 抽象的词语是幼童所无法理解的。
    Chōuxiàng de cíyǔ shì yòu tóng suǒ wúfǎ lǐjiě de.
    Abstract words are incomprehensible to young children.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

词 (cí): word; statement; speech; lyrics; CL: 組|组(zǔ), 個|个(gè); classical Chinese poem; CL: 首(shǒu)

  • 讠 (yán): speech
  • 司 (sī): to take charge of; to manage; department (under a ministry)

语 (yǔ): dialect; language; speech

  • 讠 (yán): speech
  • 五 (wǔ): five; 5
  • 口 (kǒu): mouth

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 词

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

  • 词语(cí yǔ): word (general term including monosyllables through to short phrases); term (e.g. technical term); expression

HSK 5 Word List

  • 词汇(cí huì): Word; list of words (e.g. for language teaching purposes)

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 语

HSK 1 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

  • 成语(chéng yǔ):  Chinese set expression of 4 characters or two couplets of 4 characters each:   expression often alluding to a story or historical quotation; idiom; proverb; saying; adage; set expression; CL:  条(tiáo), 本(běn), 句(jù)
  • 语气(yǔ qì):  tone; manner of speaking; mood; CL:   個|个(gè)

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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