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I was trying to say “He made this with all his heart” and then looked for how to say “with all one’s heart” in Chinese. I found a lot of ways to express the sentence but I’m still not sure which one would be the most suitable because there were a lot of words and idioms that appeared:

真心,认真,诚心,全心全意,真心实意.

I’m not sure if native speakers often use those idioms, therefore I’m going to kick both idioms (全心全意 and 真心实意) out of the list, leaving the rest: 真心,认真,and 诚心.

However, 诚心 comes as a noun in the dictionary (even though it also comes as an adjective, but the first word class of 诚心 that appeared was noun and I didn’t see any sentence that used it as an adverb). Leaving only 真心 and 认真. I’m not sure the difference between both words though. Could someone please explain it to me?

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    "真心"= truly heart, "認真"= serious/earnest, "誠心"=sincerely, "全心全意"=whole-heartedly, "真心實意"= similar to Sincerely. – 高鵬翔 May 19 at 7:49
  • The translation would be more accurate if you can clarify what is "this" in “He made this with all his heart” – wada May 20 at 11:34
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真心 is sincerity (usually in emotional / relationship kind of manner), while 认真 is serious.

我是真心的 I am sincere (about it)

我是认真的 I am serious (about it)

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I would say ‘他很用心地做了这件事’, where ‘用心’ means ‘with all his heart’.

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  • Wow, I just knew about 用心. Well, I also found someone said “用真心”. Seems like there’s still a lot more words to express “with all one’s heart” in Chinese ㅠㅠㅠㅠ thank you for the answer! I truly appreciate it. I’m still hoping to know how these words differ though 😆😆😆 – Agnes May 18 at 9:08
  • You’re welcome! I think ‘认真’ is closer to ‘careful’. Others are similar though. – lingbingda May 19 at 6:13
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Many of the options including those that were excluded at the first place can be used for "he made this with all his heart". It highly depends on the context. A lot of these words and idioms can be interchangeable, I have to say.

As there is an "all" in your sentence, using 全心全意 would be suitable, as “全” emphasises "all".

I assume the context is that the boy made a present for his girlfriend that he loves so much. So, 他全心全意地做了一件礼物。

Hope this can help.

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  • Your question is interesting and makes me think twice of each option, so I 认真地 answered it. As a new contributor, I 诚心地 answered the question, because I 真心地 want to earn some reputation. :) – William Song May 19 at 21:29

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