I have tried to find example sentences using 天资 tian zi (talent) online with no luck. I f I were to write 'he is a very talented pianist' or something of the sort, would it be correct to say



  • no luck? jukuu has 83 sample sentences for 天资,readers of C much more familiar with 天赋 for which jukuu has the max number of 100 samples
    – user6065
    Jul 31, 2017 at 18:38
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    Line Dictionary has 95 examples for 天资
    – user6065
    Jul 31, 2017 at 19:03

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For talent in a specific area, the word 天份 is better choice than 天资, which can also means 'talent' but in a more general sense. When you say someone has 天份(talent), you need to specify in what subject the talent applies; When you say someone has 天资, it means that person has a nature ability to learn, doesn't matter what is the subject.

We don't measure 天份' with '多 and 少', We measure '天资 or 天份' with '有 and 沒有' ; '高 and 低'

  • 有天份; 沒有天份 (have talent/ talented; have no talent)

  • 天份高: 天份低 (highly talented; low in talent/ not very talented)

弹钢琴他有很多天资 should be written as "弹钢琴他很有天份" which is a [topic]+[comment] sentence structure with "弹钢琴" as the topic and " 他很有天份" as the comment.

For a more common [S+V+O] structure, the sentence should be written as " 他很有弹钢琴的天份"

Is this correct usage of the word 天资?

Example of correct usage of the word 天资:

"他天资过人,學一年就能弹钢琴" - His talent is extraordinary, can play piano after only a year of learning.

"凭他的天资,考上多伦多大学不成问题" - With his talent, be admitted to the University of Toronto is not a problem.

  • "凭他的天资,..." should be "凭他的天赋“。天资 is a status (smart) and not countable. so "他的天资过人” (he is very smart), but we cannot say “凭借他的天资",we should say ”凭借他的天赋"。 Aug 1, 2017 at 1:02
  • 天赋 means 'natural gift" -- a smooth tongue , a strong arm, a tall body and of course, a smart brain are all 天赋(natural gift). While, 天资(natural ability) refers to a person's overall intelligence and ability.
    – Tang Ho
    Aug 1, 2017 at 2:43

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