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yì kāi shǐ
phr. at the beginning
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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.
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tā yì kāi shí zhǐ shì chuī shì yuán , dàn xiàn zài yǐ jīng chéng wéi fàn diàn jīng lǐ le .
phr. At the beginning he was only a cook, but now he is the hotel manager.
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yì kāi shí wǒ men luò hòu ,dàn zuì hòu bān chéng píng jú .
phr. At the beginning we were lost behind, but we equalized the score at last.
yì kāi shǐ jiù
phr. ... ever since the beginning; as soon as it begins,...; as early as the beginning,...