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The Chinese word yang - 羊 - yáng
(sheep in Chinese)

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English translations

sheep, goat

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 羊 ( yáng ) correctly?"

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Chinese characters  ( yang / yáng ) with pronunciation (English translation: sheep )
The traditional Chinese characters of yáng are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 羊 ( yang / yáng ) 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).

Wo de shuxiang shi yang.
Wŏ de shŭxiàng shì yáng.
 – English translation: My (Chinese) zodiac sign is sheep.

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Usage as a radical
羊 can also be used as a radical, i.e. as a sub-component of a Chinese character. It is then called yángzìpáng.
Character complexity
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is composed of 6 strokes and therefore is of low complexity compared to the other simplified Chinese characters (average: 13.1 strokes).

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pictogram  |  the original pictogram shows an animal's head with curved horns and a pointed chin
羊 ( yang / yáng ) belongs to the 3000 most common Chinese characters (rank 1360)
Chinese example words containing the character 羊 ( yang / yáng )
绵羊 ( miányáng = sheep ), 山羊 ( shānyáng = goat ), 羊肉 ( yángròu = mutton )
Other characters that are pronounced yáng in Chinese
More words that mean sheep in Chinese
miányáng ( 绵羊 )
More words that mean goat in Chinese
shānyáng ( 山羊 )

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