字 zì: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 1

字 (zì) English Meaning

  • letter
  • symbol
  • character
  • word
  • courtesy or style name traditionally given to males aged 20 in dynastic China

Traditional Character:  

Corresponding Classifiers|Measure Words:

  • 個|个 (gè)

Sample Sentences

  • 她一个字都没对我说。
    Tā yīgè zì dōu méi duì wǒ shuō.
    She didn’t say even one word to me.
  • 我没有说法语的一个字。
    Wǒ méiyǒu shuō fǎyǔ de yīgè zì.
    I don’t speak a word of French.
  • 信中有几个字已涂掉了。
    Xìn zhōng yǒu jǐ gè zì yǐ tú diàole.
    Several words in the letter had been blotted out.
  • 那个字你再拼一遍好吗?
    Nàgè zì nǐ zài pīn yībiàn hǎo ma?
    Could you spell that word for me again?
  • 切实要记下她说的每一个字。
    Qièshí yào jì xià tā shuō de měi yīgè zì.
    Make sure that you write down every word she says.
  • 英国人是不会用这样的字的。
    Yīngguó rén shì bù huì yòng zhèyàng de zì de.
    An Englishman would not use such a word.

Stroke Order & Character Components

  • (mián): roof
  • (zi): child
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