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干 gàn: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

干 (gàn) English Meaning

  • to do (some work)
  • to manage
  • to work
  • tree trunk
  • main part of something
  • capable
  • cadre
  • to kill (slang)
  • to f**k (vulgar)

Traditional Character:  

This character forms words in:

HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to see them all.

Sample Sentences

  • 你问这个干什么?
    Nǐ wèn zhège gànshénme?
    Why do you ask?
  • 你觉得这事是谁干的?
    Nǐ juédé zhè shì shì shéi gàn de?
    Do you have any idea who would do this?
  • 她列举她所要干的事情。
    Tā lièjǔ tā suǒyào gàn de shìqíng.
    She listed all the things she has to do.
  • 聪明人会羞于干这种事。
    Cōngmíng rén huì xiū yú gàn zhè zhǒng shì.
    A man of sense would be ashamed to do
  • 井干方知水可贵。
    Jǐng gàn fāng zhī shuǐ kěguì.
    Only when the well is dry can we know the value of water.
  • 油漆未干, 请勿触摸。
    Yóuqī wèi gān, qǐng wù chùmō.
    Wet paint, please do not touch.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

hsk 3 gan

干 (gàn): tree trunk; main part of something; to manage; to work; to do; capable; cadre; to kill (slang); to f**k (vulgar)

  • (gàn): dry

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 干

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

  • 干脆(gān cuì): straightforward; clear-cut; blunt (e.g. statement); you might as well; simply
  • 干燥(gān zào): to dry (of weather, paint, cement, etc.); desiccation; dull; uninteresting; arid
  • 干活儿(gàn huó r): to work manually; manual labor
  • 能干(néng gàn): capable; competent

HSK 6 Word List

  • 才干(cái gàn): ability; competence
  • 干旱(gān hàn): drought; arid; dry
  • 干扰(gān rǎo): to interfere; obstruction
  • 干涉(gān shè): to interfere; to meddle; interference
  • 干预(gān yù): to meddle; to intervene; intervention
  • 干劲(gàn jìn): enthusiasm for doing something
  • 骨干(gǔgàn): diaphysis (long segment of a bone); fig. backbone
  • 若干(ruò gān): a certain number or amount; how many?; how much?

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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