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ID: QW0339 Intermediate
The character 然 (rán) appears in many Chinese words. Telling them apart can be a bit difficult. In this edition of Qing Wen, ChinesePod takes a tour of these words.
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hěn chījīng ,méiyǒu xiǎngdào 。
very surprising, unexpected
他竟然不认识Tom Hanks。
tā jìngrán bù rènshi Tom Hanks 。
He really doesn't know who Tom Hanks is.
tā shèngdànjié jūrán bù huíjiā 。
Surprisingly, he's not going home for Christmas.
tā jìngrán wǔshí suì le ,kàn qǐlái zhǐyǒu sānshí duō suì 。
She's actually 50, but she looks like she's only in her 30s.
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