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An “Interesting” Explanation of “有趣(yǒuqù)” and “有意思(yǒuyìsi)”

Aug. 7, 2020

“有趣(yǒuqù)” and “有意思(yǒuyìsi)” both mean “funny” or “interesting” in English. Are their usages exactly the same? Let’s find out today.

(1) When expressing something that arouses curiosity or affection: 有趣(yǒuqù) = 有意思(yǒuyìsi)

Examples:

zhège rén hěn yǒuqù/yǒuyìsi.
这个人很有趣/有意思。
This person is funny/interesting.

tā shuōhuà hěn yǒuqù/yǒuyìsi.
他说话很有趣/有意思。
He speaks in a very funny/interesting way.

(2) “有意思(yǒuyìsi)” can also mean that there are feelings between men and women, but “有趣(yǒuqù)” can’t.

Example:

tā duì tā yǒuyìsi.
他对她有意思。
He is interested in her.

Structure: sb.+ 对(duì) + sb. + 有意思(yǒuyìsi)

HSK 3 quiz

Please select the correct words and fill in the blanks

A.有趣(yǒuqù)

B.有意思(yǒuyìsi)

1.wǒ juédé zhè běn shū hěn ______ .
我觉得这本书很 ______

2.tā duì wǒ jiějie ______ .
他对我姐姐 ______

3.tīng shuō zhè ge huódòng hěn ______ .
听说这个活动 ______

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