50 Skills and Abilities in Chinese | 一步一个脚印

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Submitted by Olle Linge on 11 June, 2014 16:47

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A neat list skill-related vocabulary in Chinese by Carl Gene Fordham.

From the introduction of the blog post:

Lately I’ve noticed that Chinese has many words to describe skills and abilities that English lacks. While some like 杂技 and 想像力 are easy to translate, others are notoriously difficult In particular I found 内功, 号召力 and 悟性 real challenges.

Here’s the list I’ve compiled. Note that there are four main suffixes that describe skills and abilities in Chinese – 1) 艺, 2) 技, 3) 功 & 功夫 and 4) 力& 能力. Please let me know if you have any comments about the English translations.


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