很少

MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.

EtymologyEdit

Literally “very few”.

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin hěnshǎo
Zhuyin ㄏㄣˇ ㄕㄠˇ
IPA (key) /xən²¹⁴⁻³⁵ ʂɑʊ̯²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/

AdverbEdit

很少 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin hěnshǎo)

  1. seldom

See alsoEdit

Usage notesEdit

Few Chinese dictionaries have an entry for this word because it is seen as too obvious a compound of its parts from a Chinese perspective, though it is more opaque from the perspective of speakers of other languages such as English.

Last modified on 8 April 2014, at 15:06