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charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *说* | 说* | *说
to speak / to say / to explain / to scold / to tell off / a theory (typically the last character in a compound, as in 日心說|日心说 heliocentric theory)
HSK 1
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *说* | 说* | *说
variant of 說|说
HSK 1
novel / fiction / CL: ,
HSK 4
legend / folklore / to repeat from mouth to mouth / they say that...
HSK 5
it is said that / reportedly
HSK 5
to talk nonsense / drivel
HSK 5
theory / doctrine
HSK 6
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *说* | 说* | *说
to persuade
to explain / to comment
to hear (sth said) / one hears (that) / hearsay / listening and speaking
in other words / that is
in other words / that is to say / so / thus
an expression of opinion / according to some
generally speaking
as for / when it comes to
romantic fiction
to say sth
if / if one were to say
for example
though / although
It is said that ... (at the start of a narrative) / to discuss / to recount
short story
as the proverb says / as they say...
to say again / to put off a discussion until later / moreover / what's more / besides
speech / to deliver a speech
to persuade / persuasion / to advise
hard to say / unpleasant to say / can't be sure
pornographic novel / dirty book
science fiction novel
generally speaking / to sum up / in summary / in short
easy to deal with / not a problem / (polite answer) you flatter me
as far as I'm concerned
to recount / to tell of / to relate / (fig.) (of a thing) to stand as testament to (some past history)
to tell the truth / to tell it as it is
in other words
that goes without saying
needless to say / it goes without saying
to have nothing to say (idiom)
to recount / to narrate / to give an account of
to narrate
to hear what was said
heliocentric theory / the theory that the sun is at the center of the universe
popular tradition / folk legend
hard to tell (i.e. hard to judge or hard to predict) / cannot bring oneself to say it
strictly speaking
hypothesis
murder mystery (novel) / whodunit
to tell in detail
a martial arts (wuxia) novel
not to mention / leaving aside
for example / for instance
to not need dwell on (idiom)
novel
gossip / hearsay / rumor
novella
flash fiction
to put it simply / simply put
to allow no explanation
honestly speaking / to be frank, ...
to lobby / to campaign / to promote (an idea, a product) / (old) to visit various rulers and promote one's political ideas (in the Warring States period)
sth pertinent to say
to talk drivel / to assert sth without a proper understanding or basis in fact / not to know what one is talking about
Fu Shuo (c. 14th century BC), legendary sage and principal minister of Shang ruler Wu Ding
to speak one's mind
to talk drivel / to make irresponsible remarks
dramatic form consisting of historical narration / history as jocular narrative / to stretch history for a joking story / amusing story with strained interpretations of history / to make an unreasonable comparison in jest
it is reasonable to say that...
to make a long story short (idiom)
not saying anything further (idiom); not raising any objection / without demur
to comment / to evaluate
to explain (the difference)
to speak of / to refer to
for example
really good / excellent
to plead / to claim as an excuse
theory of free play (in Kant's philosophy)
spit it out!
to make a story or theory consistent / to give a plausible explanation / to plug the holes in one's story
to insist / to allege / to assert
to try one's very best to persuade sb (idiom) / to reason with sb in every way possible
simple introduction / primer
on the other hand
for example
harmful teachings / evil doctrine
normally / ordinarily speaking
to state / to assert
in the ordinary course of events / ordinarily / normally
historical novel
novel of denunciation (according to Lu Xun's 魯迅|鲁迅 classification)
inaugural speech
to chatter endlessly
flash fiction
to affirm / to assert / generally accepted view
not to mention ... (i.e. in addition to sth)
to speak for sb / to intercede for sb / to lobby illegally
Stories Old and New by Feng Menglong 馮夢龍|冯梦龙, collection of late Ming baihua 白話|白话 tales published in 1620
looking at the big picture / all in all / all things considered
accepted theory or formulation

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