Chinese Verbs – Beat | 打 Da, 揍 Zou and 打败 Dabai in Mandarin
Beat in Chinese has several meanings just like English. We will focus on five ways of saying Beat in Chinese.
① Offensive: Beat in Chinese – 打 Dǎ
There are two words to say Beat in Chinese. The first word is 打 Dǎ. It means beating someone up, hitting or assaulting someone as an offensive gesture.
② Offensive: Beat in Chinese – 揍 Zòu
The other aggressive way to say Beat in Chinese is 揍 Zòu which also means trash. A Chinese who uses the word 揍 Zòu is usually feeling angry or relieving their anger by wanting to beat a person up. Sometimes, we also use this word in a joking manner to our friend when they say something unpleasant to us, just like the second sentence below.
③ Yummy: Beat an Egg – 打 Dǎ
Yummy! Coincidentally, beating an egg in English is a direct translation in Mandarin using the word 打鸡蛋 Dǎ jīdàn.
④ Triumph: Beat in Chinese 击败 Jíbài or 打败 Dǎbài
During a competition, if you beat someone in a game, it means you defeat a person. You can use either 击败 Jíbài or 打败 Dǎbài in a sentence.
⑤ Hitting on Surface: Beat in Chinese – 敲打 Qiāodǎ
A little irritation here when someone is tapping on the table making unwanted noises. 敲打 Qiāodǎ means hitting something on the surface.
- 是谁在敲打我窗？Shì shéi zài qiāodǎ wǒ chuāng?
“Who is hitting on my window?” It is the first-line lyric from a famous old Chinese song – 被遗忘的时光 Bèi Yíwàng de Shíguāng (Forgotten Times) sang by a renowned Taiwanese singer 蔡琴 Càiqín released in 1979, well-known for her low sexy voice.
This song is very soothing to hear especially at night which makes it one of the best Chinese oldies around. Listen to it!
- 为什么不能用筷子敲打碗盆？Wèishéme bùnéng yòng kuàizi qiāodǎ wǎn pén?
Why can’t one hit the chopsticks on the bowl and plate? While waiting for the food to come, children especially have a habit of doing that when they are bored.
There is a Chinese taboo that hitting the bowl with chopstick associates one with a beggar. Only a beggar will do that. The parents will stop their children from developing this habit for fear of them becoming poor in future, if not a beggar.
You have learned five ways to say the word Beat in Mandarin. Refer to the Chinese Verbs list for other words.