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The Chinese word nan - 南 - nán
(south in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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English translations

south, southern

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Chinese characters  ( nan / nán ) with pronunciation (English translation: south )
The traditional Chinese characters of nán are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.

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南 ( nan / nán ) belongs to the 500 most common Chinese characters (rank 292)
Chinese example words containing the character 南 ( nan / nán )
河南 ( Hénán = Henan ), 湖南 ( Húnán = Hunan ), 南锡 ( Nán xī = Nancy ), 南边 ( nánbiān = south ), 南辕北辙 ( nányuánbĕizhé = to act in a way that defeats one's purpose ),
Other characters that are pronounced nán in Chinese
More words that mean south in Chinese
nánbiān ( 南边 )

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