The best way to learn how to write and speak Mandarin - including correct pronunciation, Pinyin, example sentence, stroke order and English meanings

The Chinese word ben - 本 - bĕn
( classifier (for books, periodicals, files etc) )

 ‹    Previous word:   Bĕijīng Yŭyán Xuéyuàn  
  Next word:  Bĕndì zhì lí    › 

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


Listen to pronunciation
(Mandarin = standard Chinese without accent)

You're listening to the natural voice of a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese.

English translations

classifier (for books, periodicals, files etc), original, at first, source, capital, indigenous to,
origin, principal, originally

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 本 ( bĕn ) 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  ( ben / bĕn ) with pronunciation (English translation: <i>classifier (for books, periodicals, files etc)</i> )
The traditional Chinese characters of bĕn are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 本 ( ben / bĕn ) 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).

Zhe shi yi ben yi zhenshi shijian wei sucai de xiaoshuo.
Zhè shì yī bĕn yĭ zhēnshí shìjiàn wéi sùcái de xiăoshuō.
 – English translation: This is a novel based on real-life events.

Learn 本 ( ben / bĕn ) with our vocabulary trainer
Learn <i>classifier (for books, periodicals, files etc)</i> in Chinese
» Click here « and select lesson 30 words from HSK level 1.
Character complexity
the more strokes, the harder it is to write and memorize this character the more strokes, the harder it is to write and memorize this character the more strokes, the harder it is to write and memorize this character the more strokes, the harder it is to write and memorize this character the more strokes, the harder it is to write and memorize this character 

is composed of 5 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.)

this stroke symbolizes the root of a tree  |  capability
本 ( ben / bĕn ) belongs to the 100 most common Chinese characters (rank 87)
Chinese example words containing the character 本 ( ben / bĕn )
版本 ( bănbĕn = version ), 本地治里 ( Bĕndì zhì lí = Pondicherry ), 本来 ( bĕnlái = original ), 本领 ( bĕnlĭng = ability ), 本市 ( bĕnshì = local ), 本子 ( bĕnzi = note book ), 笔记本 ( bĭjìbĕn = notebook ), 笔记本电脑 ( bĭjìbĕn diànnăo = notebook ), 草本植物 ( căobĕnzhíwù = herb ), 根本 ( gēnbĕn = basic ), 基本 ( jībĕn = basic ), 课本 ( kèbĕn = textbook ), 素描本 ( sùmiáobĕn = sketch book ), 文本 ( wénbĕn = text ), 帐本 ( zhàngbén = account book ), 资本 ( zībĕn = capital ) 资本主义 ( zībĕnzhŭyì = capitalism )
More words that mean original in Chinese
bĕnlái ( 本来 ), shŏu ( 首 ), yuánlái ( 原来 )

Report missing or erroneous translation of ben in English

Contact us! We always appreciate good suggestions and helpful criticism.

You can do better than looking up Chinese words: Learn Mandarin online! - Thanks to visual learning aids, it's going to be easier than you imagine.

Look up another word:

All content is protected under German and international copyright laws. imprint and contact data | privacy policy | cookie settings  
Version 5.40 / Last updated: 2023-07-28