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The Chinese word ma - 吗 - ma
( (question) particle )

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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(Mandarin = standard Chinese without accent)

Note: This Chinese character can also be pronounced . However, with a different pronunciation, the meaning of the character will change as well.

English translation

(question) particle

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 吗 ( ma ) 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 characters according to the same rules assures that their intended shape and style are generally preserved even if written by different writers.
This dictionary shows you the correct stroke order as an animation for all characters so you can learn and understand how to write the character correctly.

Chinese characters  ( ma ) with pronunciation (English translation: <i>(question) particle</i> )
吗 ( ma ) in traditional characters
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 吗 ( ma ) Writing in Pinyin
Before using this Pinyin example sentence, consider that Chinese characters should always be your first choice in written communication.
If you cannot use Chinese characters, 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).

Ni lijie zhe xie guize ma?
Nĭ lĭjiĕ zhè xie guīzé ma?

 – English translation: Do you understand these rules?

Learn 吗 ( ma ) with the online vocabulary trainer
Learn <i>(question) particle</i> in Chinese
» Click here « and select lesson Practical Chinese Reader (Lessons 1-4) .

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(Meaning of individual characters, character components etc.)

mouth (>to ask)  |    |  an interrogative particle, usually used in questions
Other characters that are pronounced ma in Chinese

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