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The Chinese word zai - 在 - zài
(at in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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English translations

at, to exist, to be present, to be in the process of, in, to be at,
to be living

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

Wo zai ditiezhan de qianbian.
Wŏ zài dìtiĕzhàn de qiánbiān.

 – English translation: I'm in front of the subway station.

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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).

Tags and additional information
(Meaning of individual characters, character components etc.)

to exist  |  at home
在 ( zai / zài ) belongs to the 10 most common Chinese characters (rank 8)
Chinese example words containing the character 在 ( zai / zài )
存在 ( cúnzài = to exist ), 老骥伏枥志在千里 ( lăojìfúlì zhìzàiqiānlĭ = an old steed in the stable still aspires to gallop a thousand li ), 实在 ( shízài = really ), 现在 ( xiànzài = now ), 在呢 ( zà = right now ), 正在 ( zhèngzài = now ), 住在 ( zhùzài = to live at )
Other characters that are pronounced zài in Chinese
More words that mean to exist in Chinese
cún ( 存 ), cúnzài ( 存在 ), ( 立 ), shēngcún ( 生存 ), yŏu ( 有 )

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