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The Chinese word zhong - 中 - zhōng
(middle in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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(Mandarin = standard Chinese without accent)

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

English translations

middle, between, in, in the course of, among, average,
center, inside, to fit for, centre

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 中 ( zhōng ) 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  ( zhong / zhōng ) with pronunciation (English translation: middle )
The traditional Chinese characters of zhōng are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 中 ( zhong / zhōng ) 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 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).

Na shulin zhong you yi zuo fangzi.
Nà shùlín zhōng yŏu yī zuò fángzi.

 – English translation: There is a house in the middle of this copse.

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is composed of 4 strokes and therefore is of very low complexity compared to the other simplified Chinese characters (average: 13.1 strokes).

Tags and additional information
(Meaning of individual characters, character components etc.)

noon  |  halfway
中 ( zhong / zhōng ) belongs to the 50 most common Chinese characters (rank 12)
Chinese example words containing the character 中 ( zhong / zhōng )
地中海 ( Dìzhōng Hăi = Mediterranean Sea ), 空中 ( kōngzhōng = air ), 其中 ( qízhōng = among ), 之中 ( zhīzhōng = among ), 中饭 ( zhōngfàn = lunch ), 中国电信 ( zhōngguódiànxìn = China Telecom ), 中国联通 ( zhōngguóliántōng = China Unicom ), 中国移动 ( zhōngguóyídòng = China Mobile ), 中级 ( zhōngjí = intermediate ), 中间 ( zhōngjiān = between ), 中年 ( zhōngnián = midlife ), 中式 ( zhōngshì = Chinese style ), 中世纪 ( zhōngshìjì = middle age ),
Other characters that are pronounced zhōng in Chinese
More words that mean between in Chinese
jiān ( 间 ), zhījiān ( 之间 ), zhōngjiān ( 中间 )

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