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tooironic

How's this for a fun game.

Can anyone think of some words in Chinese which can be switched around?

Off the top of my head: 搭配/配搭 (collocate) and 冰棒/棒冰 (ice block/popsicle). I think they have - more or less - the same meaning, depending on the context.

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imron

出现 - 现出

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889

窑变 yaobian (kiln transformation glazes) can be 变窑 bianyao in some parts of China.

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xiaocai

伦敦 - 敦伦

The meanings are different, though.

(我承认我是来闹场的:mrgreen:)

Edited by xiaocai

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Lu

蜜蜂 - 蜂蜜

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renzhe

合适 - 适合

The usage is different, though. One of them is a verb, the other one an adjective. I always forget which is which.

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Don_Horhe

现实 and 实现

The first can be both a noun and an adjective, the second is a verb.

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imron

罪犯 - 犯罪

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leeyah

喜欢 - 欢喜 :D

欢喜

1.happiness, joy: 满心欢喜

2.happily, joyfully: 欢欢喜喜过假期

3.have a weakness for, be fond of: 他很欢喜这个孩子; He likes to play table tennis 他欢喜打乒乓球 = 他喜欢打乒乓球

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imron

语言 - 言语

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YuehanHao

One example that came from a recent lesson of mine: 嫉妒 / 妒嫉 are similar.

约翰好

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heifeng

ok, they don't mean the same thing, but here are some simple switch-a-roos :

女儿~儿女 (daughter~children)

子女~女子 (children ~ female/women)

儿子~子儿 (son ~ seed)

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in_lab

熊貓=貓熊

道地=地道

Someone could write a program to find all reversible words. And you could use the list to try to write palindrome sentences.

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tooironic

Haha palindrome sentences would be cool! :clap

Anyone know any?

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Lu

Not in Chinese, but I know there's a rich tradition of making them. There's even at least one palindrome poem.

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tooironic

Also, I can't believe I forgot to add 互相 and 相互 which have more or less the same meaning ("mutual")...

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