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The Chinese word lai - 来 - lái
(to come in Chinese)

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Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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English translations

to come, to be at, to take place, the next, coming, about,
future, around

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 来 ( lái ) 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  ( lai / lái ) with pronunciation (English translation: to come )
来 ( lai / lái ) in traditional characters
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 来 ( lai / lái ) 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 wei ni er lai.
Wŏ wèi nĭ ér lái.

 – English translation: I came for you.

Character complexity
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is composed of 7 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.)

next year
来 ( lai / lái ) belongs to the 50 most common Chinese characters (rank 14)
Chinese example words containing the character 来 ( lai / lái )
本来 ( bĕnlái = original ), 不来梅 ( Bù lái méi = Bremen ), 出来 ( chūlái = to come out ), 从...来 ( cóng...lái = to come from ), 从来 ( cónglái = always ), 过来 ( guòlái = to come over ), 后来 ( hòulái = later ), 回来 ( huílái = to come back ), 进来 ( jìnlái = to come in ), 将来 ( jiānglái = future ), 看来 ( kànlái = it appears ), 来不及 ( lái bují = it's too late ), 来得及 ( lái dejí = in time ), 来到 ( láidào = to arrive ), 拿来说 ( ná...lái shuō = an example ), 起来 ( qĭlái = to stand up ), 上来 ( shànglái = to up to ), 未来 ( wèilái = future ), 下来 ( xiàlái = to come down ), 以来 ( yĭlái = since ) 原来 ( yuánlái = original )
Other characters that are pronounced lái in Chinese
More words that mean to be at in Chinese
zài ( 在 )

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