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The Chinese word ma - 马 - mă
(horse in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)

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Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 马 ( mă ) correctly?"

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Chinese characters  ( ma / mă ) with pronunciation (English translation: horse )
马 ( ma / mă ) in traditional characters
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 马 ( ma / mă ) 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).

Ta hui qi ma.
Tā hùi qí mă.

 – English translation: He's able to ride a horse.

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Usage as a radical
马 can also be used as a radical, i.e. as a sub-component of a Chinese character. It is then called măzìpáng.
Character complexity
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is composed of 3 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.)

(engineering:) a horsepower
马 ( ma / mă ) belongs to the 500 most common Chinese characters (rank 221)
Chinese example words containing the character 马 ( ma / mă )
巴哈马 ( Bāhāmă = Bahamas ), 巴马科 ( Bāmăkē = Bamako ), 巴拿马 ( Bānámă = Panama ), 斑马 ( bānmă = zebra ), 抽水马桶 ( chōushuĭ mătŏng = toilet bowl ), 穿马路 ( chuān mălù = to cross ), 海马 ( hăimă = sea horse ), 马虎 ( măhu = careless )
Other characters that are pronounced mă in Chinese

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