332 To Solve

Do you enjoy problem-solving, or do you find it frustrating? Oren Golan is the software development manager at Amazon, which means that he is quite an expert at solving problems! ShaoLan teaches him the verb “to solve” and therefore they move on to discuss which global problems are the most pressing and what we can all do about them! See if you agree with Oren about what he sees as the biggest threat to human existence in the present day. If that’s a bit heavy, then don’t worry, you can still enjoy learning all kinds of short phrases in Chinese, including how to say “no problem” once you have solved the problem!

The way to say “to solve” in Chinese, is 解決/解决. The first character 解 means “to separate” or “to part” and shows a man with a knife, trying to cut the horns off a cow! The second character 決/决 shows water parting something and it means “to loosen” or “to part.” Together, these two characters mean, “to loose the knot” or “to solve the problem” 解決/解决!

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To solve
解決 / 解决
jiě jué
To loosen, to unfasten, to untie
Decide, determine, conclude
決 / 决
Question, problem
問題 / 问题
wèn tí
To ask
問 / 问
Topic, subject
題 / 题
Big problem
大問題 / 大问题
dà wèn tí
Small problem
小問題 / 小问题
xiǎo wèn tí
No problem
沒問題 / 没问题
méi wèn tí
To solve a problem
解決問題 / 解决问题
jiě jué wèn tí

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