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shǒu xiān
adv./conj. first, before all others; first of all, in the first place
Simplified stroke orders are based on the 'Standard of National Commonly-used Mandarin Chinese Characters (现代汉语通用字笔顺规范)', issued by the China National Language and Character Working Committee (国家语言文字工作委员会) on April 7th 1997. Traditional stroke orders are based on information issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.
EXAMPLES
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shǒu xiān shì zhì liàng, qí cì shì shù liàng .
phr. First of all is quality, then next is quantity.
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shǒu xiān,wǒ tóng yì nǐ de yāo qiú, qí cì, wǒ huì géi nǐ jiā xīn .
phr. First of all, I agree with your request, and secondly, I'll give you a raise.
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yào wán chéng zhè gè rèn wu, ní shǒu xiān xū yào yí gè fēi cháng wán bèi de jì huà .
phr. To complete this task, you need a very complete plan first.
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shǒu xiān yào xiū xi hǎo, rán hòu cái néng gōng zuò hǎo .
phr. First one needs to rest well; only then can he or she work well.
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shǒu xiān,... qí cì,... zǒng zhī ...
phr. first of all, ..., secondly,..., in a word,...