In this situation, B gave A (B's leader) some bonus money.

  • A:“你这是什么意思?”   'what do you mean?'
  • B:“没什么意思,意思意思。”'nothing. just .?.'   
  • A:“你这人真有意思。”    ?
  • B:“其实也没有别的意思。”  ?
  • A:“那我就不好意思了。”   ?
  • B:“是我不好意思。” ?

A: What do you mean? or What do you intend to?

B: Nothing, just a little bit of thank you gift.

A: You are bit of an interesting guy.

B: Do not take it seriously, I have no favour to ask for.

A: Alright, I might better keep this.

B: It is my pleasure.

In Chinese, those words could actually mean







  • Many thanks! BTW, what 腆着脸 means? Is it the same as 不好意思?There are two 不好意思 there? – Kacie Chen Nov 28 '18 at 1:31
  • @KacieChen It means 厚着脸皮,thus there is no ambiguity in the sentence. – zyy Nov 28 '18 at 2:54
  • @KacieChen I improved my answer a little bit, especially on the last that B said. – zyy Nov 28 '18 at 15:04

意 = intention

思 = thought

意思: thought; meaning; intention

A:“你这是什么(意思)?” -- "What is the (meaning/ intention) of this?"

B:“没什么(意思),[意思意思]。” -- "No (meaning) whatsoever, just my [little expression]   

意思意思 literally means "thought, thought". The full meaning of this phrase is "just a small token that express my thought and feeling"

A:“你这人真有意思。”  -- "You are really interesting"

有意思 literally means "have meaning" . Logically, people only interesting in something meaningful, therefore, 有意思 (have meaning) also means "interesting/ meaningful" in Chinese

B:“其实也没有别的(意思)。”  really have no other (meaning/ intention)

A:“那我就(不好意思)了。”  Then I would go ahead and (feel embarrassed)

Meaning: Then I would go ahead and make myself feel embarrassed for taking the money

B:“是我(不好意思)。” -- "It is I who should (feel embarrassed)"

Meaning: I am the one who should feel embarrassed for offering so little, not you who rightfully taking the money

不好意思 literally means: 不好 (not easy to) 意思 (thought) . The full meaning of "不好意思" is "not easy to express this thought" -- Having embarrassing thought is difficult to express,

*In short, "不好意思" means "feel embarrassed" or "sorry" * ; "好意思" means "not feel embarrassed" or "not sorry"


你還(好意思)説 = Yet, you (don't feel embarrassed) to say

我(不好意思)説 = I (feel embarrassed) to say


意思: thought; meaning; intention

有意思: meaningful; interesting

意思意思: just a little expression (of thought/ feeling)

不好意思: feel embarrassed/ sorry

好意思: not feel embarrassed/ not sorry

Side note:

意思意思 in Cantonese is 小小心意 (literally means "little thought")

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