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The Chinese word kan - 看 - kàn
(to watch in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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English translations

to watch, to see, to read, look,
to look at, to have a look

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 看 ( kàn ) correctly?"

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Chinese characters  ( kan / kàn ) with pronunciation (English translation: to watch )
The traditional Chinese characters of kàn are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 看 ( kan / kàn ) Writing in Pinyin
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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 xihuan kan dianying.
Wŏ xĭhuan kàn diànyĭng.

 – English translation: I like watching movies.

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Character complexity
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is composed of 9 strokes and therefore is of low complexity compared to the other simplified Chinese characters (average: 13.1 strokes).

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

eye  |  viewpoint
看 ( kan / kàn ) belongs to the 100 most common Chinese characters (rank 73)
Chinese example words containing the character 看 ( kan / kàn )
好看 ( hăokàn = good-looking ), 看电视 ( kàn diànshì = to watch television ), 看电影 ( kàn diànyĭng = to watch a movie ), 看病 ( kànbìng = to visit a doctor ), 看法 ( kànfă = opinion ), 看见 ( kànjiàn = to see ), 看来 ( kànlái = it appears ), 看上去 ( kànshàngqù = seem ), 看书 ( kànshū = to read a book )
More words that mean to see in Chinese
jiàn ( 见 ), kànjiàn ( 看见 )

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