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English Definitionto read; to study (a subject); to attend (a school); to read aloud; to miss (somebody); idea; remembrance; twenty (banker's anti-fraud numeral corresponding to 廿, 20)
See alsoniàn variant of , to read aloud (from traditional character )
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Traditional ScriptSame
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo) ㄋㄧㄢˋ
Cantonese (Jyutping)nim6
Part of Speech(动) verb
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=5; TOP=Basic

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Words With Same Head Word    
念书niànshūto read; to study
念头niàntouthought; idea; intention
念佛niànfóto pray to Buddha; to chant the names of Buddha
念力niànlìpsychokinesis; telekinesis
念叨niàndaoto talk about often; to reminisce about; to keep repeating; to keep harping on; to discuss
Words With Same Tail Word    
留念liúniànto keep as a souvenir; to recall fondly
纪念jìniànto commemorate; to remember
概念gàiniànconcept; idea
想念xiǎngniànto miss; to remember with longing; to long to see again
观念guānniànnotion; thought; concept; sense; views; ideology; general impressions
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