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The Chinese word le - 了 - le
( particle )

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Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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(Mandarin = standard Chinese without accent)

Note: This Chinese character can also be pronounced liăo. However, with a different pronunciation, the meaning of the character will change as well (not yet available in this dictionary).

English translation


Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 了 ( le ) 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  ( le ) with pronunciation (English translation: <i>particle</i> )
The traditional Chinese characters of le are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 了 ( le ) 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 jieshu le.
Wŏ jiéshù le.
 – English translation: I’m done.

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Character complexity
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is composed of 2 strokes and therefore is of extremely low complexity compared to the other simplified Chinese characters (average: 13.1 strokes).

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

It is raining.  |  It's time for us to go.  |  this word cannot be translated literally. 'Particle' refers to its grammatical function, which usually is: to indicate that a statement has happened in the past
了 ( le ) belongs to the 10 most common Chinese characters (rank 5)
Chinese example words containing the character 了 ( le )
除了 ( chúle = except ), 除了以外 ( chúle yĭwài = except for ), 打错了 ( dăcuòle = to have dialed the wrong number ), 好了 ( hăole = It's alright! ), 极了 ( jíle = extremely ), 了解 ( liăojiĕ = to understand ), 你多大了 ( nĭ duō dà le = How old are you? ), 受不了 ( shòubuliăo = cannot stand ), 他几岁了 ( tā jĭ suì le = How old is he? ), 为了 ( wèile = in order to )
More words that mean particle in Chinese
ba ( 吧 ), de ( 的 ), de ( 得 ), de ( 地 ), me ( 么 ), ( 哪 ), ne ( 呢 ), zhe ( 着 )

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