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 zuǐ lǐ mouth / in the mouth / on one's lips / speech / words
 yán yǔ words / speech / (spoken) language
 huà yǔ words / speech / utterance / discourse
 yán cí words / expression / what one says
 yán tán discourse / words / utterance / what one says / manner of speech
 bǐ mò pen and ink / words / writing
 chū yán to speak / words
 zì jù words / expressions / writing
 yī xí huà the content of a conversation / words / remarks
 chún shé argument / words / lips and tongue
 wén cí language / words
 yán words / speech / to say / to talk
 wéi zhǐ until / (used in combination with words like 到[dao4] or 至[zhi4] in constructs of the form 到...為止|到...为止)
 yě jiù shì shuō in other words / that is to say / so / thus
 zì shù number of written characters / number of words / word count
 cí huì vocabulary / list of words (e.g. for language teaching purposes) / word
 liǎng jù (say) a few words
 fèi huà nonsense / rubbish / superfluous words / You don't say! / No kidding! (gently sarcastic)
 jiù shì shuō in other words / that is
 yòng yǔ choice of words / wording / phraseology / term
 yán xíng words and actions / what one says and what one does
 hán xù to contain / to hold / (of a person or style etc) reserved / restrained / (of words, writings) full of hidden meaning / implicit / veiled (criticism)
 huàn jù huà shuō in other words
 zì shù to recount in one's own words / autobiography / written self-introduction
 zhì cí to express in words or writing / to make a speech (esp. short introduction, vote of thanks, afterword, funeral homily etc) / to address (an audience) / same as 致詞|致词
 qíng huà terms of endearment / words of love
 xīn kǒu pit of the stomach / solar plexus / words and thoughts
 qīn kǒu one's own mouth / fig. in one's own words / to say sth personally
 tián yán mì yǔ (idiom) sweet words / sweet talk / cajolery
 shì yì the meaning of sth / an explanation of the meaning of words or phrases / definition / an interpretation (of doctrine) / religious doctrine
 hǎo huà friendly advice / words spoken on sb's behalf / a good word / kind words / words that sound fine but are not followed up with actions
 huàn yán zhī in other words
 guǐ huà lie / false words / nonsense / CL:篇[pian1]
 kēng qiāng sonorous / resounding / fig. resounding words
 zì cí letters or words / words or phrase
 cí jù words and sentences
 huài huà unpleasant talk / malicious words
 mò niàn to read silently / to mouth (the words of a prayer etc) / to say to oneself / to contemplate inwardly
 yí yán words of the deceased / last words of the dying / wisdom of past sages
 yǔ zhòng xīn cháng meaningful and heartfelt words (idiom) / sincere and earnest wishes
 cū kǒu swear words / obscene language / foul language
 yǐn zi introduction / primer / opening words
 qiān yán wàn yǔ thousands of words (idiom) / having a lot of things to say / talking nonstop
 zì lǐ háng jiān between the words and the lines (idiom) / implied meaning / connotations
 yǎ kǒu wú yán dumbstruck and unable to reply (idiom) / left speechless / at a loss for words
 yán yù to describe / to put into words
 wēi yán sǒng tīng frightening words to scare people (idiom) / alarmist talk / reds under the beds
 yǔ yì meaning of words / semantic
 zhí yán bù huì to speak bluntly (idiom) / not to mince words
 huā yán qiǎo yǔ graceful words, flowery speech (idiom) / elegant but insincere words / cheating wheedling / dishonest rhetoric
 mì yǔ sweet words / sweet talk
 yīn yì transliteration (rendering phonetic value, e.g. of English words in Chinese characters) / characters giving phonetic value of Chinese word or name (when the correct characters may be unknown) / transcription (linguistics) / to transcribe phonetic symbols
 yǔ sè to be at a loss for words / speechless
 kǒu fēng meaning behind the words / what sb really means to say / one's intentions as revealed in one's words / tone of speech
 shé zhàn verbal sparring / duel of words
 shí yán lit. to eat one's words / to break a promise / to go back on one's word / to renege / unsworn testimony
 diǎn pò to lay bare in a few words / to expose with a word / to point out bluntly
 xì yán joking matter / to go back on one's words
 zhāng kǒu jié shé agape and tongue-tied (idiom) / at a loss for words / gaping and speechless
 huà lóng diǎn jīng to paint a dragon and dot in the eyes (idiom) / fig. to add the vital finishing touch / the crucial point that brings the subject to life / a few words to clinch the point
 yòng zì to use letters / to use words / diction
 wèi láo to show appreciation (by kind words, small gifts etc) / to comfort
 chá yán guān sè to weigh up sb's words and observe their facial expression (idiom) / to discern what sb thinks from his body language
 qì huà angry words / sth said in the moment of anger
 háo yán zhuàng yǔ bold, visionary words
 mèng huà talking in one's sleep / words spoken during sleep / fig. speech bearing no relation to reality / delusions
 hēi huà argot / bandits' secret jargon / malicious words
 shuāng guān pun / play on words
 zhì lǐ míng yán wise saying / words of wisdom
 fèi fǔ zhī yán words from the bottom of one's heart
 chū ěr fǎn ěr old: to reap the consequences of one's words (idiom, from Mencius) / modern: to go back on one's word / to blow hot and cold / to contradict oneself / inconsistent
 kǒu shuǐ zhàn war of words
 shèng míng enlightened sage / brilliant master (flattering words applied to ruler)
 yán chuán to convey in words
 gé lu:4 forms of versification / conventions regarding set number of words and lines, choice of tonal patterns and rhyme schemes for various types of Classical Chinese poetic composition / metrical verse
 yán chuán shēn jiào to teach by words and example (idiom)
 chán mián fěi cè (of a person) sad beyond words (idiom) / (of music, literature etc) poignant / very sentimental
 zǔ cí to combine words / word formation
 yán cí forceful (criticism etc) / to use strong words
 qiǎng cí duó lǐ to twist words and force logic (idiom) / sophistry / loud rhetoric making up for fallacious argument / shoving false arguments down people's throats
 chóng mǎ repeated code / coincident code (i.e. two characters or words having the same encoding)
 yǎo wén jiáo zì to bite words and chew characters (idiom) / punctilious about minutiae of wording
 xū yán empty words / false words
 è yǔ evil words / malicious talk
 chún qiāng shé jiàn fight a battle of words / cross verbal swords
 Tián Hàn Tian Han (1898-1968), author of the words of the PRC national anthem March of the Volunteer Army 義勇軍進行曲|义勇军进行曲
 tián yán sweet words / fine talk
 jué bǐ words written on one’s deathbed / an artist's final work / swansong
 cháng yòng zì everyday words
 shàn yán good words
 zhuì yán superfluous words / unnecessary detail
 cí bù dá yì words do not convey the meaning / poorly expressed / senseless / inarticulate
 shì wén interpreting words / to explain the meaning of words in classic texts / to decipher an old script
 yán cí stern words
 shuāng guān yǔ pun / play on words / a phrase with a double meaning
 ne particle indicating that a previously asked question is to be applied to the preceding word ("What about ...?", "And ...?") / particle for inquiring about location ("Where is ...?") / particle signaling a pause, to emphasize the preceding words and allow the listener time to take them on board ("ok?", "are you with me?") / (at the end of a declarative sentence) particle indicating continuation of a state or action / particle indicating strong affirmation
 xuán hé "hanging" river (an embanked one whose riverbed is higher than the surrounding floodplain) / (literary) waterfall / cataract / (fig.) torrent of words
 chàng gāo diào to sing the high part / to speak fine sounding but empty words (idiom)
 kǒu mì fù jiàn lit. honeyed words, a sword in the belly (idiom) / fig. hypocritical and murderous
 huà bù tóu jī bàn jù duō when words get sour, adding words is useless (idiom)
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