Please explain to me the difference between them . When should i use them and so on .

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What's the difference between 写下 and 记下?

记下 is recording. It is used for objective things, such as an event. When someone 记下 something, the person is an observer.

写下 is to put something in writing. 写下 is broader in meaning than 记下 and includes the meaning of 记下.

写下 may have two special meanings. (1) To write some ideas and plans in your mind that are not as realistic as the event or things that exist objectively. (2) To communicate with others using a written language. Such as 写一个总结报告.


写下 means "write down". It can be any context,


写下: "永別了"三个字 (O)

写下一封信 (O)



记下 means "record in writing". It mainly refers to putting information in writing


记下: "永別了"三个字 (X)

记下一封信 (X)

记下一首诗 (X)

记下他的个人资料 (O)


In literal meaning, 写下 means "write down" and 记下 means "jot down". They have very slight differences in meaning which makes them basically the same in most of the contexts.

If you have to ask, the former simply tells people to write something, and the latter emphasises recording or logging something. Like we usually say "Write down the answer on the box given." instead of "Jot down the answer in the box given.". The latter emphasises logging the thing instead of simply writing.

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    I don’t think jot down means what you think it means. Jot in English has no connotations of logging or recording – it just means to write something quickly and without paying too much attention. It’s true that we wouldn’t normally say, “Jot down the answer in the box given”, but that’s because an instruction like that would be asking you to write the answer carefully and with thought, not because answering a question on a test doesn’t involve logging or recording. Sep 1, 2023 at 8:06
  • @JanusBahsJacquet, Yes, I knew that. I just gave a literal translation for that, I did not imply that jot has the meaning of logging, but just gave an equivalent word for usage in English. This is better for understanding.
    – NullVoid
    Sep 1, 2023 at 9:48
  • @JanusBahsJacquet, furthermore, 记 also has the meaning of roughly writing down, implying the meaning of 速记.
    – NullVoid
    Sep 1, 2023 at 9:51

CN: 写下:代表利用工具,如圆珠笔等将信息书写在纸张上。 记下:虽然也有记录信息的意思。然而还有引申出遵守意思,例如老师教育学生如何解决问题,学生向自己强调将来会按照老师的方式来解决问题。 EN: Writing: means using tools, such as ballpoint pens, to write information on paper.  Note down: although it also has the meaning of recording information.  However, the meaning of compliance is also extended, for example, the teacher teaches the student how to solve the problem, and the student emphasizes to himself that he will solve the problem according to the teacher's way in the future.


写下 is "writing it down," which is very specific. 记下 is "making a record if it," which can be anything, including committing to memory, use a mnemonic or record it in your smartphone.


写下: write down

记下: noted down, where it can be by any means, including noted in memory.

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