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ID: 2589 Intermediate
When studying Chinese, you'll likely be blown away by the amount of abbreviations and contractions there are, particularly in newspapers, in which abbreviations make the sentences impossible to read without knowledge of the context. In this lesson you can get to grips with a few abbreviations, which will take away the panic when you come across something you don't understand.
Thu Dec 04 2014 | Jenny, Ryan
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|驻京办||zhùjīngbàn||BJO (Beijing Office)|
|减负||jiǎnfù||to alleviate someone's burden|
Wáng lǎoshī ，shénme shì “zhùjīngbàn ”？háiyǒu zhè ge ，“wèi xuésheng jiǎnfù ”lǐ de “jiǎnfù ”？
Mr Wang, what does "驻京办" mean? And this, the "减负" in "为学生减负"?
ò ，shì suōlüèyǔ ā 。bǐrú “zhùjīngbàn ”jiùshì zhù Běijīng bànshìchù ，“jiǎnfù ”jiùshì jiǎnqīng fùdān 。
Oh, it's an abbreviation. For example "驻京办" is short for "驻北京办事处" or Beijing Office and "减负" is short for "减轻负担", which means to alleviate someone's burden.
zhèyàng de yòngfǎ zài Zhōngwén lǐ yǒu hěn duō ma ？
Is that kind of usage very common in Chinese?
yǒu hěn duō ，wèile fāngbiàn ，yǒushíhou jiù huì shǐyòng suōlüèyǔ huò jiǎnxiě 。hé yīngyǔ yīyàng ā 。
Yes, very common, sometimes we use abbreviations or simplifications for convenience sake. The same as in English!
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