By Sujanti Djuanda – Chinese teacher at Lingolearn.com
Chinese Words for Take Care:照顾(zhàogu= to take care of) ,在乎(zàihu=to care about someone/something in mind all times), and 关心(guānxīn=to care about)
I. 照顾(zhàogu= to take care of) is more used to take care of people than things, usually with physical attending. For things/animals, 照顾(zhàogu) means “keep an eye on them and don’t let anyone steal them.”
A: Can you help me to take care of my tropical fish?
A:你(nǐ=you)能(néng=can)帮(bāng=to help)我(wǒ=I) 照顾(zhàogu=to take care of)我的(wǒde=my)热带鱼(rèdàiyú=tropical fish)吗(ma)？
B: I’m (already) busy to take care of baby.
B:我(wǒ=I)都(dōu=already – used for emphasis)忙(máng)着(zhe=continuous state)照顾(zhàogu=to take care of)宝宝(bǎobao=baby)了(le)。
II. 关心(guānxīn=to care about) is used to care about people or issues with emotion. Usually, you want to do something (it’s like you want) to help him/her or solving the problems.
A: If you are sick, who does take care of you?
A: 如果(rúguǒ=if)你(nǐ=you)病(bìng)了(le)谁(shéi)照顾(zhàogu=to take care of)你(nǐ=you)？
B: You are so concerned about me.
B: 你(nǐ=you)这么(zhème=so)关心(guānxīn=to care about)我(wǒ=I)。
You are so concerned about the development of education of our country.
你(nǐ=you)这么(zhème=so)关心(guānxīn=to care about)国家(guójiā=country)教育(jiàoyù=education)的(de)发展(fāzhǎn=development)。
Don’t just care about sports matches, you also have to pay attention to your rest time.
你(nǐ=you)不要(bùyào=don’t)只(zhǐ=only)关心(guānxīn= to care about)球赛(qiúsài= sports match),也(yě=also)要(yào=have to)注意(zhùyì=to pay attention)休息(xiūxi=rest)时间(shíjiān=time)。
III. 在乎(zàihu) is used for people (frequently) or thing you feel very important and always think about her/him/it.
She is not only care about you, but she also always cares about you (in her mind) all times.
她(tā=she)不但(bùdàn=not only)关心(guānxīn=to care about)你(nǐ=you)，而且(érqiě=not only)还(hái=still)在乎(zàihu=to care about someone/something in mind all times) 你(nǐ=you)。
She cares (in my mind) about what you eat, what you wear, your happiness, health and money all times.
她(tā=she)在乎(zàihu= to care about someone/something in mind all times)你的(nǐ de=your)吃(chī=eat),穿(chuān=wear),快乐(kuàilè=happiness),健康(jiànkāng=health)和(hé=and)钱(qián=money)。
Would you like to start learning Chinese Online, from the comfort of your home, with an experienced teacher?
LingoLearn is an online Chinese school that offers beginners level Chinese courses, as well as intermediate and advanced level courses. Learn Chinese with our experienced teachers and excellent learning materials, in a state of the art virtual classroom!