They seem to mean the same thing, but I've seen 有意思 quite a few times in my books, and never 有趣. When is 有趣 used and why (especially in comparison with 有意思)?

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    有意思 means interesting and 有趣 amusing. – user58955 Jan 12 '15 at 5:24
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    It's something you can answer yourself by looking up those terms in your dictionary. – Drunken Master Jan 12 '15 at 8:27
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    @DrunkenMaster: Sure, here you go: 有趣 = interesting, fascinating, amusing; 有意思 = interesting, meaningful, enjoyable, fun. Oh wait..I already did that and that's why I'm asking the question.. ^_^ – dr Hannibal Lecter Jan 12 '15 at 23:13
  • @drHannibalLecter There you go. This is what most people don't understand about dictionaries: The entries are described by a set of words TOGETHER. {interesting, fascinating, amusing } != { interesting, meaningful, enjoyable, fun } Btw, why not split the expression into characters to find out that 意思 means 'meaning / idea' and 趣 'interest / delight'. So by all means, anyone with a dictionary could have answered the question. – Drunken Master Jan 13 '15 at 10:46
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    @DrunkenMaster Because splitting doesn't help always. 意思 becomes "idea, opinion, meaning, wish, desire"; and so now I have even more meanings I don't know how to fit properly into a sentence. It's like trying to understand "deal with it" by looking up "deal" and ending with "to give out in shares or portions". If everything can be looked up in a dictionary or a grammar book, should we just close this site down and read dictionaries? – dr Hannibal Lecter Jan 14 '15 at 20:39

Mostly,有趣 means something or someone is really funny. 比如,他是一个有趣的人(He is a funny man.) 你有什么有趣的故事分享吗?(Do you have any funny story to share?)

And,有意思,some time means the same meaning of 有趣 as something is attractive. 比如,这个游戏很有意思(The game is very interesting).You can also say 这个游戏很有趣.

But when someone use 你这样有意思吗? (Do you think it's appropriate to do[be] that?) Here 有意思 means "it's not appropriate". Or 真他妈有意思! (It's f***ing funny, HaHa!) Here 有意思 means "someone ro something give me sh**".

When people say 有意思, you should tell the context and tone.

有趣 - fun
有意思 - interesting

To break the vocabulary literally, we have 有/趣 and 有/意思. The word 有 carries the meaning similar to "there is something" or "it has something". 趣 can be interpreted as "fun". 意思 can be translated to "meaning".

So, these two vocabularies can be broken down literally as:

X有趣 - there is fun in X / X is fun
X有意思 - X is interesting

In many conditions, they have same meaning.

这个人真是有意思 This in many conditions means this people makes you unhappy.

这个人真有趣 This is normally express someone is funny.


To me these two words don't differ too much. Maybe the only thing is 有意思 seems a little little little casual.


有趣 means it is something makes your happy. 有意思 means it is something meaningful.

Actually, it is quite depending on the whole sentence or even the paragraph.

  • care to elaborate? give some examples? etc? – user3306356 Jan 12 '15 at 11:37

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