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Yi Ren in English 艺人的英语表达

Which is the exact word to describe the Chinese word yi ren (艺人) which refers to a person who can sing, play in TV drama programme and movies, and host TV programmes? Thanks.

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It seems that the Chinese term 艺人 can refer to many different jobs in the world of entertainment in the Chinese context. However, this may not be the case in English.

Both fortunately and unfortunately there isn't a single English word to convey all the meanings of the Chinese term yi ren 艺人.

Perhaps the word that is closest in meaning to 艺人 is entertainer.

Producer Yang Li with street entertainers

Producer Yang Li with street entertainers

But as you will hear from both language experts and two entertainers, there are separate words to describe different jobs within the realm of entertainment. For example a singer, a dancer or a street performer can all be regarded as entertainers.

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Glossary 词汇

the realm of entertainment 娱乐界

well represented 得到充分体现的

various 各种各样的