variant of 是; (used in given names)

is; are; am; yes; to be

strokes 9
strokes after radical 5
阿是穴 阿是穴 a1 shi4 xue2
painful point (in acupuncture); ashi point; tender spot

搬弄是非 搬弄是非 ban1 nong4 shi4 fei1
to incite a quarrel (idiom); to sow discord between people; to tell tales; to make mischief

比比皆是 比比皆是 bi3 bi3 jie1 shi4
can be found everywhere

便是 便是 bian4 shi4
(emphasizes that sth is precisely or exactly as stated); precisely; exactly; even; if; just like; in the same way as

不是 不是 bu2 shi5
fault; blame

不是 不是 bu4 shi4
no; is not; not

不是吃素的 不是吃素的 bu4 shi4 chi1 su4 de5
not to be trifled with; to be reckoned with

不是东西 不是東西 bu4 shi4 dong1 xi5
(derog.) to be a good-for-nothing; worthless nobody; no-good

不是话 不是話 bu4 shi4 hua4
see 不像話|不像话

不是吗 不是嗎 bu4 shi4 ma5
isn't that so?

不是味儿 不是味兒 bu4 shi4 wei4 er5
not the right flavor; not quite right; a bit off; fishy; queer; amiss; feel bad; be upset

不是一家人不进一家门 不是一家人不進一家門 bu4 shi4 yi1 jia1 ren2 bu4 jin4 yi1 jia1 men2
people who don't belong together, don't get to live together (idiom); marriages are predestined; people marry because they share common traits

不是冤家不聚头 不是冤家不聚頭 bu4 shi4 yuan1 jia1 bu4 ju4 tou2
destiny will make enemies meet (idiom); (often said about lovers who have a disagreement)

不是滋味 不是滋味 bu4 shi4 zi1 wei4
to be upset; to feel disgusted

曾经沧海难为水,除却巫山不是云 曾經滄海難為水,除卻巫山不是雲 ceng2 jing1 cang1 hai3 nan2 wei2 shui3 - chu2 que4 wu1 shan1 bu4 shi4 yun2
there are no rivers to one who has crossed the ocean, and no clouds to one who has passed Mount Wu (idiom); one who has seen the world doesn't stop at small things

沉默是金 沉默是金 chen2 mo4 shi4 jin1
Silence is golden. (idiom)

但是 但是 dan4 shi4
but; however

倒是 倒是 dao4 shi5
contrary to what one might expect; actually; contrariwise; why don't you

颠倒是非 顛倒是非 dian1 dao3 shi4 fei1
to invert right and wrong

独行其是 獨行其是 du2 xing2 qi2 shi4
to go one's own way (idiom); to act independently without asking others

多得是 多得是 duo1 de5 shi4
there's no shortage; there are plenty

而是 而是 er2 shi4

凡是 凡是 fan2 shi4
each and every; every; all; any

俯拾即是 俯拾即是 fu3 shi2 ji2 shi4
see 俯拾皆是

俯拾皆是 俯拾皆是 fu3 shi2 jie1 shi4
lit. so numerous that one could just bend down and pick them up (idiom); fig. extremely common; easily available

各行其是 各行其是 ge4 xing2 qi2 shi4
each one does what he thinks is right (idiom); each goes his own way

光是 光是 guang1 shi4
solely; just

还是 還是 hai2 shi5
or; still; nevertheless; had better

横是 橫是 heng2 shi5
probably; most likely

葫芦里卖的是什么药 葫蘆裡賣的是什麼藥 hu2 lu5 li3 mai4 de5 shi4 shen2 me5 yao4
what has (he) got up (his) sleeve?; what's going on?

混淆是非 混淆是非 hun4 xiao2 shi4 fei1
to confuse right and wrong (idiom)

或是 或是 huo4 shi4
or; either one or the other

积非成是 積非成是 ji1 fei1 cheng2 shi4
a wrong repeated becomes right (idiom); a lie or an error passed on for a long time may be taken for the truth

既是 既是 ji4 shi4
is both ...(and...); since; as; being the case that

假假若是 假假若是 jia3 jia4 ruo4 shi4
if; supposing that...

捡到篮里就是菜 撿到籃裡就是菜 jian3 dao4 lan2 li3 jiu4 shi4 cai4
all is grist that comes to the mill (idiom)

见风是雨 見風是雨 jian4 feng1 shi4 yu3
lit. see the wind and assume it will rain (idiom); fig. gullible; to believe whatever people suggest

姜还是老的辣 薑還是老的辣 jiang1 hai2 shi4 lao3 de5 la4
lit. old ginger is hotter than young ginger; experience counts (idiom)

尽是 盡是 jin4 shi4
to be full of; completely

就是 就是 jiu4 shi4
(emphasizes that sth is precisely or exactly as stated); precisely; exactly; even; if; just like; in the same way as

就是说 就是說 jiu4 shi4 shuo1
in other words; that is

科学技术是第一生产力 科學技術是第一生產力 ke1 xue2 ji4 shu4 shi4 di4 yi1 sheng1 chan3 li4
Science and technology is the number one productive force (from 1978 speech by Deng Xiaoping 鄧小平|邓小平 introducing the Four Modernizations 四個現代化|四个现代化).

可不是 可不是 ke3 bu5 shi4
that's just the way it is; exactly!

可是 可是 ke3 shi4
but; however; (used for emphasis) indeed

口是心非 口是心非 kou3 shi4 xin1 fei1
lit. mouth says yes, heart no (idiom); duplicity; empty words

苦海无边,回头是岸 苦海無邊,回頭是岸 ku3 hai3 wu2 bian1 - hui2 tou2 shi4 an4
The sea of bitterness has no bounds, turn your head to see the shore (idiom). Only Buddhist enlightenment can allow one to shed off the abyss of worldly suffering.; Repent and ye shall be saved!

老是 老是 lao3 shi5

利是 利是 li4 shi4
lucky item (poster, envelope etc) made from red paper, used especially at Chinese New Year, also written 利事

撩是生非 撩是生非 liao2 shi4 sheng1 fei1
to stir up trouble; to provoke angry exchange

马首是瞻 馬首是瞻 ma3 shou3 shi4 zhan1
to follow blindly (idiom); to take as one's only guide

明辨是非 明辨是非 ming2 bian4 shi4 fei1
to distinguish right and wrong (idiom)

莫不是 莫不是 mo4 bu4 shi4
probably; perhaps; could it be that...?

莫衷一是 莫衷一是 mo4 zhong1 yi1 shi4
unable to reach a decision (idiom); cannot agree on the right choice; no unanimous decision; still a matter of discussion

那倒是 那倒是 na4 dao4 shi5
Oh that's true! (interjection of sudden realization)

那是 那是 na4 shi5
(coll.) of course; naturally; indeed

乃是 乃是 nai3 shi4
equivalent to either 是 or 就是

女子无才便是德 女子無才便是德 nv3 zi3 wu2 cai2 bian4 shi4 de2
a woman's virtue is to have no talent (idiom)

赔不是 賠不是 pei2 bu2 shi5
to apologize

钱不是万能的没钱是万万不能的 錢不是萬能的沒錢是萬萬不能的 qian2 bu4 shi4 wan4 neng2 de5 mei2 qian2 shi4 wan4 wan4 bu4 neng2 de5
Money isn't everything but without money you have nothing. (idiom)

钱是万恶之源 錢是萬惡之源 qian2 shi4 wan4 e4 zhi1 yuan2
Money is the root of all evil.

求是 求是 qiu2 shi4
to seek the truth

确是 確是 que4 shi4

却是 卻是 que4 shi4
nevertheless; actually; the fact is ...

惹是非 惹是非 re3 shi4 fei1
to stir up trouble

惹是生非 惹是生非 re3 shi4 sheng1 fei1
to stir up trouble

人是铁饭是钢 人是鐵飯是鋼 ren2 shi4 tie3 fan4 shi4 gang1
one can't function properly on an empty stomach (idiom); an empty sack cannot stand upright

如是 如是 ru2 shi4

如是我闻 如是我聞 ru2 shi4 wo3 wen2
so I have heard (idiom); the beginning clause of Buddha's quotations as recorded by his disciple, Ananda (Buddhism)

若是 若是 ruo4 shi4

煞是 煞是 sha4 shi4
extremely; very

失败是成功之母 失敗是成功之母 shi1 bai4 shi4 cheng2 gong1 zhi1 mu3
Failure is the mother of success.

时间是把杀猪刀 時間是把殺豬刀 shi2 jian1 shi4 ba3 sha1 zhu1 dao1
lit. time is a butcher's knife; fig. time marches on, relentless and unforgiving; nothing gold can stay

实践是检验真理的唯一标准 實踐是檢驗真理的唯一標準 shi2 jian4 shi4 jian3 yan4 zhen1 li3 de5 wei2 yi1 biao1 zhun3
Actual practice is the sole criterion for judging truth (item from Deng Xiaoping theory, from 1978)

实事求是 實事求是 shi2 shi4 qiu2 shi4
to seek truth from facts (idiom); to be practical and realistic

是不是 是不是 shi4 bu4 shi4
is or isn't; yes or no; whether or not

是的 是的 shi4 de5
yes, that's right; variant of 似的

是非 是非 shi4 fei1
right and wrong; quarrel

是非不分 是非不分 shi4 fei1 bu4 fen1
unable to distinguish right and wrong (idiom)

是非分明 是非分明 shi4 fei1 fen1 ming2
to distinguish right from wrong (idiom)

是非莫辨 是非莫辨 shi4 fei1 mo4 bian4
unable to distinguish right and wrong (idiom)

是非曲直 是非曲直 shi4 fei1 qu1 zhi2
lit. right and wrong, crooked and straight (idiom); fig. merits and demerits; pros and cons

是非自有公论 是非自有公論 shi4 fei1 zi4 you3 gong1 lun4
to determine right and wrong based on public opinion (idiom); Public opinion will judge what's right and wrong.

是否 是否 shi4 fou3
whether (or not); if; is or isn't

是故 是故 shi4 gu4
therefore; so; consequently

是可忍,孰不可忍 是可忍,孰不可忍 shi4 ke3 ren3 - shu2 bu4 ke3 ren3
if this can be tolerated, what cannot? (idiom); enough is enough

事求是 事求是 shi4 qiu2 shi4
to seek the truth from facts

是啥说啥 是啥說啥 shi4 sha2 shuo1 sha2
call a spade a spade (idiom)

事实求是 事實求是 shi4 shi2 qiu2 shi4
to seek the truth from facts

是味儿 是味兒 shi4 wei4 er5
(of food) to have the right taste; (of people) to feel at ease

是药三分毒 是藥三分毒 shi4 yao4 san1 fen1 du2
every medicine has its side effect

是以 是以 shi4 yi3
therefore; thus; so

手心手背都是肉 手心手背都是肉 shou3 xin1 shou3 bei4 dou1 shi4 rou4
lit. both the palm and the back of the hand are made of flesh (idiom); fig. to both be of equal importance; to value both equally

说是一回事,而做又是另外一回事 說是一回事,而做又是另外一回事 shuo1 shi4 yi1 hui2 shi4 - er2 zuo4 you4 shi4 ling4 wai4 yi1 hui2 shi4
see 說是一回事,做又是另外一回事|说是一回事,做又是另外一回事

说是一回事,做又是另外一回事 說是一回事,做又是另外一回事 shuo1 shi4 yi1 hui2 shi4 - zuo4 you4 shi4 ling4 wai4 yi1 hui2 shi4
Saying is one thing, doing quite another (idiom)

似是而非 似是而非 si4 shi4 er2 fei1
apparently right but actually wrong; specious (idiom)

算是 算是 suan4 shi4
considered to be; at last

虽是 雖是 sui1 shi4
although; even though; even if

贪婪是万恶之源 貪婪是萬惡之源 tan1 lan2 shi4 wan4 e4 zhi1 yuan2
Greed is the root of all evil.

挑拨是非 挑撥是非 tiao3 bo1 shi4 fei1
to incite a quarrel (idiom); to sow discord between people; to tell tales; to make mischief

听风就是雨 聽風就是雨 ting1 feng1 jiu4 shi4 yu3
lit. to believe in the rain on hearing the wind (idiom); to believe rumors; to be credulous

听见风就是雨 聽見風就是雨 ting1 jian4 feng1 jiu4 shi4 yu3
lit. on hearing wind, to say rain; to agree uncritically with whatever people say; to parrot other people's words; to chime in with others

头头是道 頭頭是道 tou2 tou2 shi4 dao4
clear and logical

团结就是力量 團結就是力量 tuan2 jie2 jiu4 shi4 li4 liang5
unity is strength (revolutionary slogan and popular song of 1943)

唯利是图 唯利是圖 wei2 li4 shi4 tu2
to seek nothing but profit (idiom); personal profit before everything; self-seeking

惟利是图 惟利是圖 wei2 li4 shi4 tu2
variant of 唯利是圖|唯利是图

唯命是从 唯命是從 wei2 ming4 shi4 cong2
to follow obediently

惟命是听 惟命是聽 wei2 ming4 shi4 ting1
see 唯命是從|唯命是从

为的是 為的是 wei4 de5 shi4
for the sake of; for the purpose of

五百年前是一家 五百年前是一家 wu3 bai3 nian2 qian2 shi4 yi1 jia1
five hundred years ago we were the same family (idiom) (said of persons with the same surname)

物是人非 物是人非 wu4 shi4 ren2 fei1
things have remained the same, but people have changed

现在是过去钥匙 現在是過去鑰匙 xian4 zai4 shi4 guo4 qu5 yao4 shi5
Today is the key to the past.

需要是发明之母 需要是發明之母 xu1 yao4 shi4 fa1 ming2 zhi1 mu3
Necessity is the mother of invention (European proverb).

要不是 要不是 yao4 bu5 shi4
if it were not for; but for

要是 要是 yao4 shi5

也就是 也就是 ye3 jiu4 shi4
that is; i.e.

也就是说 也就是說 ye3 jiu4 shi4 shuo1
in other words; that is to say; so; thus

一身是胆 一身是膽 yi1 shen1 shi4 dan3
devoid of fear (idiom); intrepid

一无是处 一無是處 yi1 wu2 shi4 chu4
not one good point; everything about it is wrong

硬是 硬是 ying4 shi4
just; simply; stubbornly; really

尤其是 尤其是 you2 qi2 shi4
especially; most of all; above all; in particular

有道是 有道是 you3 dao4 shi4
as they say, ...; as the saying goes, ...

有的是 有的是 you3 de5 shi4
have plenty of; there's no lack of

于是 於是 yu2 shi4
thereupon; as a result; consequently; thus; hence

于是乎 於是乎 yu2 shi4 hu1

真是 真是 zhen1 shi5
indeed; truly; (coll.) (used to express disapproval, annoyance etc about sth)

真是的 真是的 zhen1 shi5 de5
Really! (interj. of annoyance or frustration)

正是 正是 zheng4 shi4
(emphasizes that sth is precisely or exactly as stated); precisely; exactly; even; if; just like; in the same way as

只是 只是 zhi3 shi4
merely; simply; only; but

自行其是 自行其是 zi4 xing2 qi2 shi4
to act as one thinks fit; to have one's own way

自以为是 自以為是 zi4 yi3 wei2 shi4
to believe oneself infallible (idiom); to be opinionated

总是 總是 zong3 shi4