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The Chinese word yi - 一 - yī
(one in Chinese)

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English translations

one, once, all, undivided, single, whole,
concentrated, 1, a, an

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 一 ( yī ) 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  ( yi / yī ) with pronunciation (English translation: one )
The traditional Chinese characters of are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 一 ( yi / yī ) 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).

He limian you yi zhi yazi.
Hé lĭmiàn yŏu yī zhī yāzi.
 – English translation: There is a duck in the river.

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Usage as a radical
一 can also be used as a radical, i.e. as a sub-component of a Chinese character. It is then called héng.
Character complexity
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is composed of 1 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.)

to unify
一 ( yi / yī ) belongs to the 10 most common Chinese characters (rank 2)
Chinese example words containing the character 一 ( yi / yī )
之一 ( ...zhīyī = one of... ), 第一 ( dìyī = first ), 独一无二 ( dúyīwúèr = unique ), 跟一起 ( gēn yīqĭ = together with ), 十一月 ( shíyīyuè = November ), 统一 ( tŏngyī = to unite ), 我一个人 ( wŏ yī gè rén = me alone ), 星期一 ( xīngqīyī = Monday ), 一就 ( yī...jiù... = as soon as ), 一般 ( yībān = generally ), 一百 ( yībăi = one hundred ), 一边 ( yībiān = one side ), 一带 ( yīdài = district ), 一点 ( yīdiăn = a bit ), 一点儿 ( yīdiănr = a little ), 一路平安 ( yīlù píng'ān = Have a good trip ), 一秘 ( yīmì = first secretary ), 一面 ( yīmiàn = one side ), 一齐 ( yīqí = at the same time ), 一切 ( yīqiè = all ), 一生 ( yīshēng = lifetime ) 一天 ( yītiān = one day )
Other characters that are pronounced yī in Chinese
More words that mean once in Chinese
cháng ( 尝 )

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