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开始 kāi shǐ: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 2

开始 (kāi shǐ) English Meaning

  • to begin
  • beginning
  • to start
  • initial

Traditional Characters: 開始

开 forms words in:

HSK 1, HSK 2, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to jump to the list.

始 forms words in:

HSK 2, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to jump to the list.

Corresponding Classifiers|Measure Words:

  • 個|个 (gè)

Sample Sentences

  • 开始下雪了。
    Kāishǐ xià xuěle.
    It was beginning to snow.
  • 秋收即将开始。
    Qiūshōu jíjiāng kāishǐ.
    The autumn harvest is about to start.
  • 课程下周开始。
    Kèchéng xià zhōu kāishǐ.
    Classes begin next week.
  • 游戏几点开始?
    Yóuxì jǐ diǎn kāishǐ?
    When does the game begin?
  • 什么时候开始?
    Shénme shíhòu kāishǐ?
    When does it begin?
  • 八点半开始上课。
    Bā diǎn bàn kāishǐ shàngkè.
    Class doesn’t begin until eight-thirty.

Stroke Order & Character Components

开 (kāi): to open; to start; to turn on; to boil; to write out (a prescription, check, invoice, etc.); to operate (a vehicle); carat (gold); abbreviation for Kelvin, 開爾文|开尔文(Kāi ěr wén); abbreviation for 開本|开本(kāi běn), book format

  • (yī): one
  • (gǒng): two hands

始 (shǐ): to begin; to start; then; only then

  •  (nǚ): woman
  •  (tái): platform; stage; terrace; stand; support; station; broadcasting station; classifier for vehicles or machines; Taiwan (abbr.); surname Tai; Taiwan (abbr.); desk; table; counter
  •  (sī): secret
  •  (kǒu): mouth

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 开

HSK 1 Word List

  • 开(kāi): to open; to start; to turn on; to operate (vehicle)

HSK 2 Word List

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

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Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 始

HSK 2 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

  • 始终(shǐzhōng):  from beginning to end; all along

HSK 6 Word List

  • 原始(yuán shǐ):  first; original; primitive; original (document, etc.)

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