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at, to exist, to be present, to be in the process of, in, to be at, to be living
Chinese character (modern = simplified) and stroke order animation"How do I write 在 ( zài ) correctly?"
The strokes that all Chinese characters are composed of are to be written in a certain order which has originally been defined by Chinese calligraphy. Writing all Chinese characters according to the same rules assures that their intended shape and style are generally preserved even if written by different writers. This Chinese dictionary shows you the correct stroke order as an animation for all individual characters so you can learn and understand how to write the character correctly. :
The traditional Chinese characters of zài are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 在 ( zai / zài ) ⓘWriting in Pinyin
Before using this Pinyin example sentence, please consider that Chinese characters should always be your first choice in written communication. If you cannot use Chinese charactes, it is preferable to use the Pinyin with tones (in dark blue). Only use the Pinyin without tones (in grey) if there's no other option (e.g. writing a text message from/to a mobile phone that doesn't support special charactes such as ā, í, ŏ, ù).
Wo zai ditiezhan de qianbian.
Wŏ zài dìtiĕzhàn de qiánbiān. – English translation: I'm in front of the subway station.