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半 bàn: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 3

半 (bàn) English Meaning

  • half
  • semi-
  • incomplete
  • (after a number) and a half

Traditional Character:  

This character forms words in:

Sample Sentences

  • 我七点半会在那里。
    Wǒ qī diǎn bàn huì zài nàlǐ.
    I’ll be there at half-past seven.
  • 登山队员在半山腰扎营。
    Dēngshān duìyuán zài bàn shānyāo zháyíng.
    The climbers made camp half-way up the peak.
  • 这座房子有半英亩草坪。
    Zhè zuò fángzi yǒu bàn yīngmǔ cǎopíng.
    The house has half an acre of lawn.
  • 她一斧头把木块劈成两半。
    Tā yī fǔtóu bǎ mù kuài pī chéng liǎng bàn.
    She chopped the block of wood in two with a single blow.
  • 我们一般在四点半喝下午茶。
    Wǒmen yībān zài sì diǎn bàn hē xiàwǔ chá.
    We usually have tea at half-past four.
  • 光一秒钟能够环绕地球七圈半。
    Guāngyī miǎo zhōng nénggòu huánrào dìqiú qī quān bàn.
    Light travels around the earth seven and a half times a second.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

hsk 3 ban copy
  • 丷 (ha): eight / separate
  • 十 (shí): ten
  • 二 (èr): two

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 半

HSK 3 Word List

  • 半(bàn): half; semi-; incomplete; (after a number) and a half

HSK 6 Word List

  • 半途而废(bàn tú ér fèi): to give up halfway (idiom); leave something unfinished
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