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Have you ever noticed that in American movies the villain or “bad person” is usually British? Josh and ShaoLan talk about bad people and why calling someone a bad person in Chinese can be playful and friendly while calling someone a good person in some situations can be a disaster!

In fact, the word for “bad” 壞/坏 can be used to describe anything that goes bad, such as food, or something that breaks, such as your phone! Meanwhile, the word for good 好 can also mean very, so 好壞/好坏 can mean “good or bad” / “quality” or it can mean “very bad,” depending on the context.

The word 壞/坏 means ‘bad’ and 人 means “person”, so 壞人/坏人 means “bad person.”

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壞人 / 坏人
huài rén
壞 / 坏
Good person
hǎo rén
Someone with a good heart
hǎo xīn
Someone with a bad heart
壞心 / 坏心
huài xīn
Black heart
hēi xīn
Something is broken or rotten
壞了 / 坏了
huài le
So bad
好壞 / 好坏
hǎo huài
You're so bad.
你好壞 / 你好坏
nǐ hǎo huài
You are a bad person.
你是壞人 / 你是坏人
nǐ shì huài rén

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