bēi cup

Different tone

běi (north) bèi (shell)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

杯水车薪 bēi shuǐ chē xīn Not putting in enough effort to solve a problem

Phrases

我们要两杯咖啡 wǒ mén yào liǎng bēi kā fēi We want to cups of coffee
我们喝了四杯绿茶 wǒ mén hē le sì bēi lù chá We have drunk four cups of green tea

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