"How" • Chinese-English Dictionary

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 rú hé how / what way / what
 duō me how (wonderful etc) / what (a great idea etc) / however (difficult it may be etc) / (in interrogative sentences) how (much etc) / to what extent
 duō many / much / often / a lot of / numerous / more / in excess / how (to what extent) / multi- / Taiwan pr. [duo2] when it means "how"
 nǎ how / which
 zěn yàng how / what kind
 hé yǐ (literary) why / how
 jǐ duō (dialect) how much / how many / how (smart etc) / such ...
 zěn de what for / why / how
 nuó (archaic) many / beautiful / how / old variant of 挪[nuo2]
 hé xǔ (literary) what place / what time / how
 zěn shēng how / why
 hé what / how / why / which / carry
 zěn how
 nìng would rather / to prefer / how (emphatic) / Taiwan pr. [ning2]
 yān where / how
 hé why / how / when / what / where
 jù how (interj. of surprise)
 zhè me so much / this much / how much? / this way / like this
 jǐ ge a few / several / how many
 duō shao how much? / how many? / (phone number, student ID etc) what number?
 wú lùn no matter what or how / regardless of whether...
 zhǎng wò to grasp (often fig.) / to control / to seize (initiative, opportunity, destiny) / to master / to know well / to understand sth well and know how to use it / fluency
 zěn me yàng how? / how about? / how was it? / how are things?
 bù rán not so / no / or else / otherwise / if not / How about ...?
 bù lùn whatever / no matter what (who, how etc) / regardless of / not to discuss
 jǐ nián a few years / several years / how many years
 yào bù otherwise / or else / how about...? / either... (or...)
 duō jiǔ how long?
 ruò gān a certain number or amount / how many? / how much?
 shì fàn to demonstrate / to show how to do sth / demonstration / a model example
 zhǐ diǎn to point out / to indicate / to give directions / to show how (to do sth) / to censure / to pick at
 nǎ pà even / even if / even though / no matter how
 duō dà how big / how much / how old etc
 guò dé How are you getting by? / How's life? / contraction of 過得去|过得去, can get by / tolerably well / not too bad
 duō shao qián how much money / how much?
 zěn néng how can?
 zěn me huí shì what's the matter? / what's going on? / how could that be? / how did that come about? / what's it all about?
 zāo gāo too bad / how terrible / what bad luck / terrible / bad
 jǐ hé geometry / (literary) how much
 hú luàn careless / reckless / casually / absent-mindedly / at will / at random / any old how
 hǎo bù not at all ... / how very ...
 hé děng what kind? / how, what / somewhat
 shí shì current trends / the present situation / how things are going
 nài hé to do something to sb / to deal with / to cope / how? / to no avail
 xiào guǒ tú rendering (visual representation of how things will turn out)
 qǐ bù how couldn't...? / wouldn't it...?
 hé cháng (rhetorical question) when? / how? / it's not that...
 jǐ suì how old are you? (familiar, or to a child)
 kǒu gǎn taste / texture (of food) / how food feels in the mouth
 fēng tóu wind direction / the way the wind blows / fig. trend / direction of events / how things develop (esp. how they affect oneself) / public opinion (concerning one's actions) / publicity (usually derog.) / limelight
 yǒu yī tào to have a skill / to be savvy / to know how to do sth
 dǐ xì inside information / the ins and outs of the matter / how things stand / what's up
 zěn me zhāo what? / how? / how about? / whatever / also pr. [zen3 me5 zhe5]
 jǐ xǔ (literary) how many / quite a few
 fēng xiàng wind direction / the way the wind is blowing / fig. trends (esp. unpredictable ones) / how things are developing / course of events
 jiǔ liàng capacity for liquor / how much one can drink
 chī fǎ way of eating / how something is eaten / how a dish is prepared / the way a dish is to be cooked
 nǐ hǎo ma How are you? / Are you well?
 guò dé qù lit. can pass through (an opening) / fig. can get by (in life) / tolerably well / not too bad / How are you getting by? / How's life?
 qǐ yǒu cǐ lǐ how can this be so? (idiom) / preposterous / ridiculous / absurd
 qǐ gǎn how could one dare? / I don't deserve such praise
 ài miàn zi to like to look good in the eyes of others / sensitive about how one is regarded by others / proud
 rèn zì literate / knowing how to read
 kuī de fortunately / luckily / (sarcastic) fancy that, how fortunate!
 rèn shi lùn epistemology (in philosophy, the theory of how we know things)
 rén qíng shì gù worldly wisdom / the ways of the world / to know how to get on in the world
 bèi quilt / by / (indicates passive-voice clauses) / (literary) to cover / to meet with / (coll.) (since c. 2009) used before a verb that does not accurately represent what actually happened, to describe with black humor how sb or sth was dealt with by the authorities (as in 被自殺|被自杀[bei4 zi4 sha1])
 míng shí name and reality / how sth is portrayed and what it is actually like
 guāng yīn sì jiàn time flies like an arrow (idiom) / How time flies!
 jǐ how much / how many / several / a few
 bào tiǎn tiān wù to waste natural resources recklessly / not to know how to use things sparingly
 zài again / once more / re- / second / another / then (after sth, and not until then) / no matter how ... (followed by an adjective or verb, and then (usually) 也[ye3] or 都[dou1] for emphasis)
 zhēng to strive for / to vie for / to argue or debate / deficient or lacking (dialect) / how or what (literary)
 rì yuè rú suō the sun and moon like a shuttle (idiom) / How time flies!
 jiàn wēi zhī zhù one tiny clue reveals the general trend (idiom) / small beginnings show how things will develop
 nài how can one help
 qǐ how? (emphatic question)
 jù how can it be that?
 rèn to think / this / which? / how? (literary)
 nèn to think / this / which? / how? (literary) / Taiwan pr. [ren4]
 nài crab-apple / how can one help
 bù shí tái jǔ fail to appreciate sb's kindness / not know how to appreciate favors
 bù zhī fán jǐ one can't tell how many / numerous similar cases
 cāo fǔ fá kē (cf Book of Songs) How to fashion an ax handle? You need an ax / fig. to follow a principle / fig. to act as matchmaker
鸿 yàn què ān zhī hóng hú zhī zhì lit. can the sparrow and swallow know the will of the great swan? (idiom) / fig. how can we small fry predict the ambitions of the great?
 shēng cái yǒu dào lit. there are principles behind making money (idiom) / fig. to have a knack for good business / knowing how to accumulate wealth / good at feathering one's own nest
 bái jū guò xì a white steed flits past a crack (idiom) / How time flies!
 zhù shì dào móu lit. ask passers-by how to build one's house (idiom) / fig. to have no idea what to do / without a clue
 shì wēi zhī zhuó one tiny clue reveals the general trend (idiom) / small beginnings show how things will develop
饿 bǎo rén bù zhī è rén jī The well-fed cannot know how the starving suffer (idiom).
饿 bǎo hàn bù zhī è hàn jī The well-fed cannot know how the starving suffer (idiom).
 hé rú how about / what kind of
 zhǎng shì how well a crop (or plant) is growing / growth
 zěn me dé liǎo how can this be? / what's to be done? / what an awful mess!
 bù rù hǔ xué yān dé hǔ zǐ how can you catch tiger cubs without entering the tiger's lair / nothing venture / nothing to gain or have
 zěn me shuō ne Why is that? / How come?
 bù rù hǔ xué , yān dé hǔ zǐ How do you catch the tiger cub without entering the tiger's lair? (idiom) / Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
 rén fēi shēng ér zhī zhī zhě , shú néng wú huò Knowledge is not innate to man, how can we overcome doubt? / We are not born with knowledge, how does one achieve maturity? (i.e. without guidance from a teacher - Tang dynasty essayist Han Yu 韓愈|韩愈)
 fá kē (cf Book of Songs) How to fashion an ax handle? You need an ax / fig. to follow a principle / fig. to act as matchmaker
 nòng míng bai to figure out how to do something
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