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ID: 1296 Upper Intermediate
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唉声叹气 āishēngtànqì to moan and groan
字典 zìdiǎn character dictionary
分析 fēnxī to analyze
部首 bùshǒu Chinese character radical
哎,哎,哎 ......
ài ,ài ,ài ......
Agh, agh, agh...
nǐ zěnme āishēngtànqì de ?
What are you moaning and groaning about?
wǒ xiǎng kàn Zhōngwén bàozhǐ ,kěshì zhème duō zì bù rènshi !
I'd like to read a Chinese newspaper, but there are so many words I don't recognize.
kěyǐ chá zìdiǎn a !
You can look them up in the dictionary!
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