English translation of '自'
⇒ 自讨苦吃(zì tǎo kǔ chī)
bring trouble on oneself
⇒ 他这样做自有一番用意。(Tā zhèyàng zuò zì yǒu yī fān yòngyì.)
In doing this he certainly has some motive.
⇒ 他自小就聪明能干。(Tā zìxiǎo jiù cōngmíng nénggàn.)
From an early age he has been clever and capable.
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Translation of 自 from the Collins Chinese to English Dictionary