The Chinese Concept of “Cha Bu Duo” Is Not What You Think It Means

Philip Chang
Jan 23, 2019 · 11 min read

Spend enough time in the Greater China region and you’ll learn about “cha bu duo” (差不多), yet the Internet still gets this wrong by suggesting bad solutions. Cha bu duo translates to“difference not much,” but it means, “close enough.” At personal levels, cha bu duo is positive, and a way for saying, “This is practical.” In a professional setting, it usually means something…