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(radical 61 +9, 13 strokes, cangjie input 月月心水 (BBPE), four-corner 20247)

  1. love, be fond of, like

References

  • KangXi: page 395, character 13
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 10947
  • Dae Jaweon: page 732, character 2
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 4, page 2323, character 1
  • Unihan data for U+611B

Cantonese

Hanzi

(Yale ngoi3, oi3)


Japanese

Kanji

(grade 4 kanji)

Readings

Noun

(hiragana あい, romaji ai)

  1. love, affection

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Compounds

Derived terms


Korean

Hanja

(hangeul 애, revised ae, McCune-Reischauer ae, Yale ay)


Mandarin

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Pronunciation

Hanzi

(simplified 爱, pinyin ài (ai4), Wade-Giles ai4)

Noun

(traditional, Pinyin ài, simplified )

  1. (Beginning Mandarin) love

Verb

(traditional, Pinyin ài, 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 喜歡 (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.

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

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traditional

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [ ai˨˩ ]

Noun

(traditional, POJ ài, simplified )

  1. love

Verb

(traditional, POJ ài, simplified )

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

See also

  • (Mandarin) (yào) want; must; need

Vietnamese

Han character

(ái, áy)

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