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Recently, I've been listening to a chinese podcast and in the podcast I heard someone say "中国人常常把谦虚看作一种美德“。 I have also heard the term “叫作” within the podcast - I'm wondering, is there a clear difference between this and 看成/ 教程?

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看作, 看成

  • be seen as

叫作

  • be said as

The explanation is only the literal interpretation. Despite of the difference described above, both of them carry similar underlying meanings:

  1. be comprehended as
  2. be classified as

We can dissect the sentence "中国人常常把谦虚看作一种美德" as follows:

  1. 中国人
    • Chinese people
  2. 常常
    • Usually (Always)
    • (This one will be discussed later)
  3. 谦虚
    • Humility
  4. 看作
    • Be seen as
  5. 一种
    • A kind of
  6. 美德
    • Virtue

Without reordering the phrases, you can come up with the following sentence:

Chinese people always (*) humility be seen as a kind of virtue.

I bet you know the meaning of this sentence. Though it sounds a bit weird.

Note

  • In short, the presence of "把" indicates the use of "passive voice" in the above sentence (Humility is always being comprehended as a virtue by Chinese people.).
  • If you are interested in the detailed explanation of the usage of "把", this page should give you a concrete understanding on this topic.

p.s. "教程" means course/tutorial.

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I think it is really useful the way you broke down the sentence and hope you continue with this method. Please check some of my other questions on my profile and I will appreciate it very much, if you have time, to provide some additional insights. –  Tommie C. Jul 25 at 10:48
    
@TommieC. Thanks for your support! Your other questions have all already been answered very well though! –  Aldour Cheng Jul 25 at 15:55
    
For the most part you are correct, however there are two open questions without accepted answers that could benefit from a native speaker. In any case, keep up the good work. –  Tommie C. Jul 25 at 16:04
    
常常 is more like "usually" than "always" –  what is sleep Jul 25 at 22:18
    
@whatissleep Thanks for your suggestion. –  Aldour Cheng Jul 26 at 7:46

Seems like the question in the title was never addressed:

看作

VARIANT OF 看做 kànzuò

look upon as; regard as

你把次要问题看做主要问题了。

Nǐ bǎ cìyao wèntí kànzuò zhǔyào wèntí le.

You have taken a minor question for a major one.

他把别人的困难看做是自己的困难。

Tā bǎ biéren de kùnnan kànzuò shì zìjǐ de kùnnan.

He looks upon the problems of other people as his own.

看成

1 take sb. or sth. for; look upon as; regard as

你把我看成什么人了?

Nǐ bǎ wǒ kàn chéng shénme rén le?

What do you take me for?

我把十块的票子看成五块的了。

Wǒ bǎ shí kuài de piàozi kànchéng wǔ kuài de le.

I mistook the ten-yuan bill for a five-yuan one.

2 be able to see or watch

我有会, 电影没看成。

Wǒ yǒu huì, diànyǐng méi kàn chéng.

I had a meeting and wasn't able to see the film.

So although the two words are similar and setimes interchangeable but there are still different contexts to consider.

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