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In English, it is common to say you are "passionate about something" or "something is your passion" (e.g. My passion is rockclimbing).

This use of 'passion' is different to 'passion' as in relationships/emotions etc.

What Chinese expression would be suitable to indicate 'passion' in the sense of "My passion is rockclimbing"?

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In your case, passion could be translated into "热情"(zeal),"激情"(deep love), or "爱好"(hobby). Note that "激情" could also mean "passion" as in romantic relationships.

I would like to describe the pattern for this word. In general, you would say "对X的热情/激情/爱好" to mean "passion for X".

And for your example "My passion is rockclimbing", you could say "我的爱好是攀岩", or “我对攀岩富有热情/激情", but I would like to express it in a simple way,


"酷爱" means "to love something deep" as a verb here.

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Nice answer! 热爱 is more common than 酷爱, I think. 特别喜欢 also works. – gonnastop Apr 16 '12 at 23:58
in my opinion. 酷爱 is deeper than 热爱. that's why i use it for passion. – Huang Apr 17 '12 at 4:15
How about 狂熱(enthusiastic), or 非常狂熱. Actually I use this more, maybe just because I like to express things exaggerated? – Shou Ya Apr 17 '12 at 18:32
@ShouYa Definitely exaggerated. – deutschZuid Apr 18 '12 at 23:24
@Shou Ya 狂热 sounds a little negative to me. you know, 狂 means "mad","insane“. of course, you can use that word, as in English. you can use words like "wicked","awesome" when you want to say something is so great, – Huang Apr 18 '12 at 23:48

A common term that I often come across is 热衷于. It's normally used in conjunction with an intensifier like 十分 or 非常.

My passion is rockclimbing:


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