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This page lists multiple entries for surprise:

https://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/dictionary.php

1) What's the difference among 驚奇, 吃驚, and 驚喜?

2) Are the meaning and uses the same for Cantonese?

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驚奇 (v) - be amazed; be surprised.

Example: 對此事驚奇不已 (extremely amazed by this event)

驚奇 (adj) - amazing; surprising.

Example:有驚奇效果 (having amazing/surprising effect)

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吃驚 (v) - frighteningly surprised; frightened; suffer/get a scare

Example: 一吃驚, 拔腿就跑 (once frightened, it ran)

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驚喜 (n) - pleasant surprise

Example: 一個驚喜 (a pleasant surprise)

These terms are used in both Mandarin and Cantonese

"to surprise (v)" in Chinese is " 讓/使/令(某人)驚訝"

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  • The last one you used 驚訝? Does it carry the same meaning and connotation as 驚喜? Thanks again! – Crashalot Nov 5 '18 at 6:14
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    訝 in 驚訝 originally meant 'meet' ; 驚訝 ( meet+ surprise/ scare) = 'astonished', which is a verb; or adjective 'astonishing ' ; 驚喜( pleasant surprise) is a noun – Tang Ho Nov 5 '18 at 6:56
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    驚 surprise 喜 delight; 驚喜 (surprising delight) = 'pleasant surprise' (n) – Tang Ho Nov 5 '18 at 7:02

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