Vocabulary Introduction:

  • 像 (xiàng): “like” or “as if”
  • 没 (méi): “not” or “without”
  • 天赋 (tiānfù): “talent” or “gift”
  • 的 (de): a particle that links the noun to the adjective, similar to “that” in English
  • 演员 (yǎnyuán): “actor”

Grammar and Structure:

  • The structure here is a simile, using “像” to compare one thing to another.
  • “沒天賦” is a phrase meaning “without talent,” where “沒” negates “天賦.”
  • “的演员” uses “的” to describe the type of actor being referred to, effectively meaning “the kind of actor.”

Translation and Meaning:

  • A direct translation would be “Like an actor without talent.”
  • A natural English translation is “Like an untalented actor.”

Conveying Nuance:

  • The phrase suggests a comparison between someone or something and an actor who lacks talent, implying a lack of natural ability or skill in the activity being discussed.

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What is the English translation of: 演 - yǎn

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What is the English translation of: 演员 - yǎnyuán

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What is the English translation of: 没 - méi

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What is the English translation of: 像 - xiàng

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What is the Mandarin translation of: Talent

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What is the Mandarin translation of: Actor/Actress

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What is the Mandarin translation of: Like

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What is the Mandarin translation of: Perform

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What is the English translation of: 天赋 - tiānfù

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What is the Mandarin translation of: No

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