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kāi shǐ
v./n. start, begin; beginning

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.
EXAMPLES
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nǐ men jí diǎn kāi shǐ shàng kè ?
phr. What time does your class start?
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xiàn zài jí diǎn le ? diàn yǐng shén me shí hou kāi shǐ ?
phr. What time is it now? When does the movie start?
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qiū tiān dào le, yè zi kāi shǐ cóng shù shàng luò xià lái .
phr. It's autumn and leaves start falling from the trees.
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wǒ míng tiān kāi shǐ xué hàn yǔ .
phr. I will start learning Chinese tomorrow.
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xīn zhōng guó de chéng lì biāo zhì zhe yí gè xīn shí dài de kāi shǐ .
phr. The foundation of New China marked the beginning of a new era.
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wèi le yìng duì jīn róng wēi jī, hěn duō gōng sī kāi shǐ cái yuán .
phr. To cope with the economic crisis many companies began to reduce the staff.
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shí fēn zhōng yǐ hòu, diàn rè tǎn kāi shǐ fā rè .
phr. The electric blanket began to emit heat ten minutes later.
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tā shí nián qián jiù gòu sī zhè bù xiǎo shuō, xiàn zài cái kāi shǐ dòng bǐ .
phr. She conceived of this novel ten years ago, and has just started to write it.
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tā shí bā suì lí kāi jiā, kāi shǐ zì lì gēng shēng .
phr. He left home when he was 18 years old and started to rely on his own efforts.
mǎ shàng kāi shǐ
phr. begin soon, start right away
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jù huì yé ké yǐ shuō shì lí bié de kāi shǐ
phr. Meeting is, in a manner of speaking, the beginning of parting.
yì kāi shǐ
phr. at the beginning
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zhè shì yí gè hǎo de kāi shǐ
phr. It's a good start.
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chūn tiān shì yì nián de kāi shǐ .
phr. Spring is the beginning of a whole year.