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Most Frequently Used Chinese Words for Tattoo (Intermediate)

Apr. 18, 2011

Chinese Lessons Online -Most Frequently Used Chinese Words for Tattoo

Key Learning Points (Preview):

纹身 (wénshēn): v./n. to tattoo/tattoo


勇气 (yǒngqì): n. courage


Do you have "纹身 (wénshēn) tattoos?" The Mexico International Tattoo Expo has just been held in Monterey. A variety of tattoos raised a lot of eyebrows. These days, many people have tattoos of Chinese characters, but do you know what the most frequently used characters and what they mean?

1. 爱 (ài)


"爱 (ài)" means love. People who have this tattoo often use it to express their love for their partners, relatives and friends. Many people like to tattoo the traditional Chinese character of 爱-愛.

2. 信 (xìn)


"信 (xìn)" refers to confidence, belief or trust. People use it to display their self-confidence.

3. 勇气 (yǒngqì)


"勇气 (yǒngqì)" means courage. People get this one to display their self-confidence as well or to encourage themselves.

Key Learning Points:

纹身 (wénshēn): v./n. to tattoo/tattoo



    Hāi, nǐ shì búshì qù Mòxīgē Guójì Wénshēn Bólǎnhuì le?
A: 嗨,你 是 不是 去 墨西哥   国际     纹身       博览会 了?


    Hey, did you go to the Mexico International Tattoo Expo?

    Shì a, nàxiē wénshēn tài kù le.
B: 是 啊,那些    纹身   太 酷 了。


    Yes, the tattoos there were so cool.

勇气 (yǒngqì): n. courage



Tā huāle jǐ gè xiǎoshí cái gǔ qǐ yǒngqì, xiàng tā qiúhūn.
他   花了 几个 小时     才 鼓 起 勇气, 向   她   求婚。


He spent hours working up the courage to ask her to marry him.

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My teacher told me that many Chinese people like to get tattoos of pictures of dragons when I took Chinese lessons online, because the dragon represents honor and power in China.

I know a little about this topic from my Chinese lessons online. What about the verb for tattoo?

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