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shēng qián
n. before one's death

Simplified Chinese

Traditional Chinese

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.
tā shēng qián céng zài háo jí suǒ xué xiào dān rèn biān jí hé jiào shòu .
phr. He worked as an editor and professor at several schools before his death.
tā shēng qián zhǐ shì yì míng pǔ tōng de gōng rén .
phr. He was just an ordinary worker when he was alive.