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阿姨 ā yí: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 3

阿姨 (ā yí) English Meaning

  • maternal aunt
  • step-mother
  • childcare worker
  • nursemaid
  • woman of similar age to one’s parents (term of address used by child)

Traditional Characters: 阿姨

阿 and 姨 are only found in HSK 3.

Corresponding Classifiers|Measure Words:


Sample Sentences

  • 他呆在他阿姨家。
    Tā dāi zài tā āyí jiā.
    He’s staying at his aunt’s.
  • 我阿姨住在纽约。
    Wǒ āyí zhù zài niǔyuē.
    My aunt lives in New York.
  • 我阿姨给我带来了一些花。
    Wǒ āyí gěi wǒ dài láile yīxiē huā.
    My aunt brought me some flowers.
  • 我阿姨在她的花园种蕃茄。
    Wǒ āyí zài tā de huāyuán zhǒng fānjiā.
    My aunt grows tomatoes in her garden.
  • 我的阿姨给了我一台摄影机。
    Wǒ de āyí gěile wǒ yī tái shèyǐngjī.
    My aunt gave me a camera.
  • 我和我阿姨有种特别的情谊。
    Wǒ hé wǒ āyí yǒu zhǒng tèbié de qíngyì.
    I have a special relationship with my aunt.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

hsk 3 a 1

阿 (ā): prefix used before monosyllabic names, kinship terms etc to indicate familiarity; used in transliteration; also pr. (à); abbr. for Afghanistan 阿富汗(Ā fù hàn)

  • 阝(阜)(fù): mound
  • 可(kě): can; may; able to; to approve; to permit; to suit; (particle used for emphasis) certainly; very
hsk 3 yi

姨 (yí): mother's sister; aunt

  • (nǚ): woman
  • (yí): non-Han people, esp. to the East of China; barbarians; to wipe out; to exterminate; to tear down; to raze
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