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先 xiān: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 3

先 (xiān) English Meaning

  • first
  • early
  • prior
  • former
  • in advance

Traditional Character:  

This character forms words in:

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

Sample Sentences

  • 先谢谢了。
    Xiān xièxièle.
    Thanks in advance.
  • 你想先去哪里?
    Nǐ xiǎng xiān qù nǎlǐ?
    Where would you like to go first?
  • 请先为他上菜。
    Qǐng xiān wèi tā shàng cài.
    Please serve him his meal first.
  • 我想先吃点蛋糕。
    Wǒ xiǎng xiān chī diǎn dàngāo.
    I want to eat some cake first.
  • 我先去定好座位吧。
    Wǒ xiān qù dìnghǎo zuòwèi ba.
    Let me reserve the seats in advance.
  • 请先填写这张表格。
    Qǐng xiān tiánxiě zhè zhāng biǎogé.
    Please fill out this form first.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

先 (xiān): first; early; prior; former; in advance

  • 丿 (piě): oblique
  • (tǔ): earth
  • (er): child

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 先

HSK 1 Word List

  • 先生(xiān sheng): Mister (Mr.); husband; doctor (dialect); teacher; CL:  個|个(gè), 位(wèi)

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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