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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
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Simplified from  ( → )

Han character[edit]

(radical 87 +6, 10 strokes, cangjie input 月月大水 (BBKE), composition)

  1. love, be fond of, like

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Cantonese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(traditional , Jyutping ngoi3, oi3, Yale ngoi3, oi3)

  1. love

Mandarin[edit]

simpl.
trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(traditional , Pinyin ài (ai4), Wade-Giles ai4)

Noun[edit]

(simplified, Pinyin ài, traditional )

  1. love

Verb[edit]

(simplified, Pinyin ài, traditional )

  1. to love; to be fond of
    ài tā ma? — Do you love him?
    说话ài shuōhuà. — He likes to talk.
    猪肉Wǒ bù ài chī zhūròu. — I don't like to eat pork.

Usage notes[edit]

When the object of the verb is a person, 爱 ài usually refers to romantic love. When used like this, older Mandarin speakers often describe the use of this term as overly 肉麻 (ròumá, adj. something that gives you the creeps, extremely melodramatic). For this reason, the word trad. 喜歡, simpl. 喜欢 (xǐhuān, to like) might be used instead. The word 喜欢 xǐhuān literally means "to like", but when used in a romantic context, can (but does not always) mean "to love." However, Mandarin speakers born since the 1970s are now using the verb 爱 ài much more often than was socially acceptable in the past.

Compounds[edit]


Min Nan[edit]

simpl.
trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(simplified, POJ ài, traditional , simplified )

  1. love

Verb[edit]

(simplified, POJ ài, traditional , simplified )

  1. to love; to like; to be fond of
  2. want; must; need

See also[edit]

  • (Mandarin) (yào) want; must; need

References[edit]

  • "" (in Taiwanese/English), On-line Taiwanese/Mandarin Dictionary (台文/華文線頂辭典). URL accessed on 2011-01-29.