Fear in Chinese

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Dark clouds have gathered overhead, heavy with moisture, ready for Halloween, or (Wàn Shèng Jié). It’s time again to talk about words that relate to terror and fear.

As a noun (kǒngbù) means horror or terror. This word also serves as an adjective. (kǒngbù piàn) is a horror movie.


Wǒ bù xǐhuān tīng kǒngbù gùshi.
I don’t like to listen to horror tales.

(kǒngjù) and (jùpà) both mean fear or dread. (gǎn) is a feeling. Therefore, (kǒngjù gǎn) is the feeling of fear.


Tā duìyú kǎosh yǒu hěn dà de kǒngjù gǎn.
He has an immense dread of taking exams.

(pà), or (hàipà), means to fear, to dread, or to be worried about something. What radicals make up the (pà) character? Yes, one could get so scared that even the heart turns pale and white.


Wǒ zuì pà shé.
I’m scared of snakes the most.


Wǒ bù pà tā.
I’m…

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