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The Chinese word zai - 在 - zài
(at in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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English translations

at, to exist, to be present, to be in the process of, in, to be at,
to be living

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 在 ( zài ) correctly?"

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Chinese characters  ( zai / zài ) with pronunciation (English translation: at )
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
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If you cannot use Chinese charactes, it is preferable to use the Pinyin with tones. Only use the Pinyin without tones if there's no other option (e.g. writing a text message from/to a mobile phone that doesn't support special characters 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.

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(Meaning of individual characters, character components etc.)

to exist  |  at home
在 ( zai / zài ) belongs to the 10 most common Chinese characters (rank 8)
Chinese example words containing the character 在 ( zai / zài )
cúnzài ( 存在 ), lăojìfúlì zhìzàiqiānlĭ ( 老骥伏枥志在千里 ), shízài ( 实在 ), xiànzài ( 现在 ), zà ( 在呢 ), zhèngzài ( 正在 ), zhùzài ( 住在 )
Other characters that are pronounced zài in Chinese
More words that mean to exist in Chinese
cún ( 存 ), cúnzài ( 存在 ), ( 立 ), shēngcún ( 生存 ), yŏu ( 有 )

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