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The Chinese word shang - 上 - shàng
(above in Chinese)

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English translations

above, on top of, up, previous, superior,
to go to

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 上 ( shàng ) 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.
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Chinese characters  ( shang / shàng ) with pronunciation (English translation: above )
The traditional Chinese characters of shàng are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 上 ( shang / shàng ) 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).

Zhege dao shang meiyou dongwu.
Zhège dăo shàng méiyŏu dòngwù.
 – English translation: There are no animals on this island.

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.)

of superior quality
上 ( shang / shàng ) belongs to the 50 most common Chinese characters (rank 15)
Chinese example words containing the character 上 ( shang / shàng )
报上 ( bàoshàng = in the newspaper ), 床上用品 ( chuángshàng yòngpĭn = bedclothes ), 看上去 ( kànshàngqù = seem ), 楼上 ( lóushàng = upstairs ), 马上 ( măshàng = at once ), 上班 ( shàng bān = to go to work ), 上课 ( shàng kè = to attend ), 上去 ( shàng qù = to go to ), 上边 ( shàngbiān = over ), 上车 ( shàngchē = get on ), 上次 ( shàngcì = previous ), 上帝 ( shàngdì = God ), 上来 ( shànglái = to up to ), 上面 ( shàngmiàn = on top of ), 上网 ( shàngwăng = surf the Internet ), 上午 ( shàngwŭ = forenoon ), 上学 ( shàngxué = to go to school ), 上衣 ( shàngyī = upper outer garment ), 上周 ( shàngzhōu = last week ), 网上银行 ( wăngshàng yínháng = online banking ) 晚上 ( wănshang = evening )
Other characters that are pronounced shàng in Chinese
More words that mean above in Chinese
shàngbiān ( 上边 ), yĭshàng ( 以上 )
More words that mean on top of in Chinese
shàngmiàn ( 上面 )

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