*自言自语  (zì yán zì yǔ)   to talk to oneself / to think aloud  

他似乎在自言自语 (tā sìhu zài zìyánzìyǔ)

He appeared to be talking to himself

“那不可能”, 她自言自语地说

“nà bùkěnéng”, tā zìyánzìyǔde shuō.   “That’s impossible,” she thought aloud

“真是名不虚传啊,”他自言自语地说

“zhēnshi míngbùxūchuan a, tā zìyánzìyǔ de shuō

“This is the real thing,” he said to himself

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