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I've seen used every now and then in written Chinese, but I've rarely heard it said in spoken Chinese except for the occasional mention of 瞧不起.

A couple of days ago I was watching Kung Fu Panda and it was used often enough in the dialogue that I noticed it.

This had me thinking, do people actually use it in spoken Chinese regularly. Doing a Google search yields plenty of results, so it has me thinking that it must be common, just not within my circle of friends or family. Even with 瞧不起 I am more likely to hear 看不起.

So is it very common in spoken Chinese? If so, is there a specific geographic location that is more likely to use it?

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As far as I know the people of Beijing and Hebei province often use 瞧,for example:

瞧病(go to hospital)


In fact,In most north parts of China use 瞧,such as

让我瞧瞧(Let me see)

is often heard in Shanxi Province.

It is more often to hear such word in dialect than in mandarin.

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Be aware of one thing--maybe Beijing dialect is very similar to the mandarin,but it's much less formal than mandarin. –  coqer Feb 2 '12 at 2:53
I heard it from a little 3-year-old boy going to a kindergarten in Beijing, so it must be pretty common! The note about Beijing dialect is well taken. –  Bathrobe Feb 2 '12 at 14:02
what does 瞧您说的 mean? –  meireikei Nov 14 '14 at 22:29

I have seen it used in Taiwan, but never heard anyone actually speak it.\ I have seen it as subtitles of western movies or tv series as "你瞧瞧" , meaning "Look at this!"

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Yes we use it in spoken Chinese regularly.

Relatively speaking, 瞧 used more colloquially, partly for regional reason. As said above, heads from north china.

But either are fine, just very tiny distinction. Use 瞧 makes you Chinese more impressive. =)

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