找不著北

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Chinese[edit]

to be unable to find something north
trad. (找不著北) 找不著
simp. (找不着北) 找不着

Etymology[edit]

  • Literally, "can't find north."

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Mandarin
    • (Standard Chinese, Beijing)+
      • Pinyin: zhǎobùzháo běi → zhǎobuzháo běi (toneless variant)
      • Zhuyin: ㄓㄠˇ ㄅㄨˋ ㄓㄠˊ ㄅㄟˇ → ㄓㄠˇ ㄅㄨ˙ ㄓㄠˊ ㄅㄟˇ (toneless variant)
      • Gwoyeu Romatzyh: jaobujaur beei
      • IPA (key): /ʈ͡ʂɑʊ̯²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ pu⁵¹ ʈ͡ʂɑʊ̯³⁵ peɪ̯²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/ → /ʈ͡ʂɑʊ̯²¹⁴ b̥u⁴ ʈ͡ʂɑʊ̯³⁵ peɪ̯²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/

Idiom[edit]

找不著北

  1. (colloquial) to be lost and confused; to be unable to find one's direction