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English Definitiondon't tell me ...; could it be that...?
Simplified Script难道
Traditional Script難道
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄋㄢˊ ㄉㄠˋ
Cantonese (Jyutping)naan4dou6
Part of Speech(副) adverb
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=4; TOP=Intermediate
Word Decomposition
nándifficult (to...); problem; difficulty; difficult; not good
dàodirection; way; road; path; principle; truth; morality; reason; skill; method; Dao (of Daoism); to say; to speak; to talk; measure word for long thin things (rivers, cracks etc), barriers (walls, doors etc), questions (in an exam etc), commands, courses in a meal, steps in a process; province (of Korea or Japan)

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Words With Same Head Word    
难受nánshòuto feel unwell; to suffer pain; to be difficult to bear
难看nánkànugly; unsightly
难过nánguòto feel sad; to feel unwell; (of life) to be difficult
难以nányǐhard to (predict, imagine etc)
难题nántídifficult problem
Words With Same Tail Word    
街道jiēdàostreet; subdistrict; residential district
走道zǒudàopavement; sidewalk; path; walk; footpath; aisle
轨道guǐdàoorbit; course; trajectory; railway or tram line; fig. conventional way of thinking
渠道qúdàoirrigation ditch; (fig.) channel; means
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