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The Chinese word lao - 老 - lăo
(old in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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English translations

old, experienced,
wizened, wise

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 老 ( lăo ) correctly?"

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Chinese characters  ( lao / lăo ) with pronunciation (English translation: old )
The traditional Chinese characters of lăo are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 老 ( lao / lăo ) 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).

Zaijian, lao pengyou!
Zàijiàn, lăo péngyŏu!

 – English translation: Goodbye, old friend!

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

teacher  |  experienced  |  (of persons)
老 ( lao / lăo ) belongs to the 100 most common Chinese characters (rank 96)
Chinese example words containing the character 老 ( lao / lăo )
打老鼠 ( dàlăoshŭ = rat ), 抗老防皱 ( kànglăofángzhòu = anti wrinkle ), 老舍 ( Lăo Shĕ = Lao She ), 老板 ( lăobăn = boss ), 老虎 ( lăohŭ = tiger ), 老虎钳 ( lăohŭqián = vise ), 老骥伏枥志在千里 ( lăojìfúlì zhìzàiqiānlĭ = an old steed in the stable still aspires to gallop a thousand li ), 老人 ( lăorén = old people ), 老师 ( lăoshī = teacher ), 老鼠 ( lăoshŭ = mouse ), 小老鼠 ( xiăolăoshŭ = mouse )
Other characters that are pronounced lăo in Chinese
More words that mean old in Chinese
jiù ( 旧 ), yĭqián ( 以前 )

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