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The Chinese word ai - 爱 - ài
(love in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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English translations

love, affection, to love, to treasure

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Chinese characters  ( ai / ài ) with pronunciation (English translation: love )
爱 ( ai / ài ) in traditional characters
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 爱 ( ai / ài ) 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).

Wo ai ni.
Wŏ ài nĭ.

 – English translation: I love you.

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is composed of 10 strokes and therefore is of average complexity compared to the other simplified Chinese characters (average: 13.1 strokes).

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

friend  |  spouse / husband / lover
爱 ( ai / ài ) belongs to the 500 most common Chinese characters (rank 299)
Chinese example words containing the character 爱 ( ai / ài )
爱尔兰 ( Ài’ĕrlán = Ireland ), 爱丁堡 ( Àidīngbăo = Edinburgh ), 爱国 ( àiguó = patriotic ), 爱好 ( àihào = hobby ), 爱护 ( àihù = to cherish ), 爱慕 ( àimù = to admire ), 爱情 ( àiqíng = love ), 爱惜 ( àixī = to treasure ), 爱心 ( àixīn = to love ), 爱人 ( aìrén = spouse ), 敬爱 ( jìngài = respect and love ), 可爱 ( kĕài = lovely ), 亲爱 ( qīn'ài = dear ), 亲爱的 ( qīn'ài de... = dear ), 做爱 ( zuòài = to make love )
Other characters that are pronounced ài in Chinese
More words that mean love in Chinese
àiqíng ( 爱情 ), qíng ( 情 )

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