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Answer to Yì si (意思)-Most Misunderstood Word with So Many Surprising Meanings

Apr. 21, 2022

Here is the translation of the test at the beginning of the article:

zhāng lěi gěi lǐng dǎo sòng hóng bāo shí,èr rén de duì huà pō yǒu yì si。
张       磊  给  领    导    送      红     包  时,二  人  的  对  话   颇   有 意 思。
When Zhang Lei gave a red envelope to his leader, their conversation was quite interesting.

lǐng dǎo :nǐ zhè shì shén me yì sī ?
领     导:  你  这  是  什 么 意 思?
Leader: Why do you give me this red envelope?

zhāng lěi :méi shén me, yì sī yì sī.
张       磊: 没  什  么,意 思 意 思。
Zhang Lei: Nothing serious, it’s just a small token of appreciation.

lǐng dǎo :nǐ zhè jiù bú gòu yì si le.
领    导:  你  这  就  不  够  意 思 了。
Leader: You don’t really have to do this.

zhāng lěi :xiǎo yì si ,xiǎo yì si.
张       磊: 小  意 思,小  意 思。
zhāng lěi: It’s not a big deal.

lǐng dǎo :nǐ zhè gè rén zhēn yǒu yì si,nà wǒ jiù bù hǎo yì si le.
领     导: 你  这  个  人    真   有  意 思, 那  我 就 不   好 意 思 了。
Leader: You’re such an interesting person. Then I’ll take it.

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