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首先 shǒu xiān: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

首先 (shǒu xiān) English Meaning

  • first (of all)
  • in the first place

Traditional Characters:  首先

首 forms words in:

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

先 forms words in:

HSK 1, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to see them all.

Sample Sentences

  • 会议首先由他致词。
    Huìyì shǒuxiān yóu tā zhìcí.
    He opened the conference with a speech.
  • 中国首先使用火药。
    Zhōngguó shǒuxiān shǐyòng huǒyào.
    China was the first to use gunpowder.
  • 首先,画一条水平线。
    Shǒuxiān, huà yītiáo shuǐpíngxiàn.
    First, draw a horizontal line.
  • 首先,我们没得到批准。
    Shǒuxiān, wǒmen méi dédào pīzhǔn.
    To start with, we haven’t got the approval.
  • 外科医生首先切开血管。
    Wàikē yīshēng shǒuxiān qiē kāi xiěguǎn.
    First, the surgeon cut through the blood vessels.
  • 工业革命首先在英国发生。
    Gōngyè gémìng shǒuxiān zài yīngguó fāshēng.
    The industrial revolution took place in England first.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

首 (shǒu): head; chief; first (occasion, thing, etc.); classifier for poems, songs, etc.

  •  (shǒu): head

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

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

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 首

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

  • 首 (shǒu): head; chief; first (occasion, thing, etc.); classifier for poems and songs

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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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