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jìng rán
adv. actually, to one's surprise, unexpectedly

Simplified Chinese

Traditional Chinese

Simplified stroke orders are based on the 'Standard of National Commonly-used Mandarin Chinese Characters (现代汉语通用字笔顺规范)', issued by the China National Language and Character Working Committee (国家语言文字工作委员会) on April 7th 1997. Traditional stroke orders are based on information issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.
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ràng wǒ men gǎn dào qí guài de shì, xiàng tā zhè yàng de rén jìng rán ké yǐ dāng lǎo shī .
phr. What is strange to us is that someone like him can actually become a teacher.
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méi xiǎng dào wó jǐ jù xiào hua jìng rán dé zuì le tā .
phr. To my surprise, my joking words offended him.
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nǐ jìng rán bèi yí gè xiǎo hái zi piàn le .
phr. You are even cheated by a little child.
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nǐ jìng rán zhè yàng shuō nǐ bà ba, wǒ kàn nǐ shì qiàn biǎn .
phr. How dare you talk about your father like this. I think you deserve a hard beating.
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wó zhǐ shì kāi gè wán xiào, shuí zhī tā jìng rán dàng zhēn le
phr. I was only joking. Who would have thought he would take it seriously.
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tā men jìng rán zhǐ yòng le yì zhōu jiù wán chéng le rèn wu .
phr. Surprisingly, they finished the task within only one week!
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wǒ wán quán méi xiǎng dào tā jìng rán shì zhè yàng de rén .
phr. I have absolutely never expected that he would be such a person.
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zhè cì kǎo shì tā jìng rán méi yǒu jí gé !
phr. As for this exam, he unexpectedly did not pass it!