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Mandarin

simplified

traditional

Pronunciation

Noun

ài (Pinyin, traditional , simplified )

  1. (Beginning Mandarin) love

Verb

ài (Pinyin, traditional , simplified )

  1. (Beginning Mandarin) to love; to be fond of

Usage notes

  • When used for people, ài usually refers to romantic love. When used like this, older Mandarin speakers often describe the use of this term as overly 肉麻 (ròumá, adj. something that gives you the creeps, disgusting). For this reason, the word trad. 喜欢, simpl. 喜欢 (xǐhuān, to like) might be used instead. Using the word xǐhuān literally means like, but when used in a romantic context (especially boyfriend/girlfriend), it actually means love. However, younger Mandarin speakers seem to have been influenced somewhat by Western culture, and are now using the verb ài much more often than was socially acceptable in the past.

Pinyin

ài (form of ai4 with diacritic)

  1. :
  2. : like
  3. : cloudy sky; dark, obscure
  4. : make mischief, incite, instigate
  5. :
  6. (s), (tr)
  7. :
  8. :
  9. : dust
  10. (s), (tr)
  11. : love, be fond of, like
  12. :
  13. :
  14. : prick, stab; stamp, seal, chop
  15. : obscure, dim, ambiguous, vague
  16. : obscure, dim, ambiguous, vague
  17. :
  18. : fine quality jade
  19. : fine quality jade
  20. :
  21. :
  22. :
  23. :
  24. :
  25. : obstruct, hinder, block, deter
  26. : obstruct, hinder, block, deter
  27. : artemisia, mugwort; translit.
  28. : to cover; to hide; to conceal
  29. :
  30. :
  31. : ionium
  32. :
  33. :
  34. : column, row or file of troops
  35. : narrow, confined; a strategic pass
  36. : cloudy sky; dark, obscure
  37. : dry goods, dry provisions
  38. :
  39. : love, be fond of, like

References

  • Shao, Jingmin (ed.) (2000). HSK Dictionary (HSK汉语水平考试词典) (in Mandarin/English). Shanghai: Huadong Teachers College Publishers. ISBN 7561720785.

Min Nan

simplified

traditional

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [ ai˨˩ ]

Noun

ài (POJ, traditional , simplified )

  1. love

Verb

ài (POJ, traditional , simplified )

  1. to love; to like; to be fond of
  2. want; must; need

See also

  • (Mandarin) (yào) want; must; need

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