English Sentence:

We have been penpals for nearly three years now.

Chinese Translation (Traditional):

我們已經當了快要三年的筆友。

Chinese Translation (Simplified):

我们已经当了快要三年的笔友。

Pinyin:

wo3 men5 yi3 jing1 dang1 le5 kuai4 yao4 san1 nian2 de5 bi3 you3.

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我們   我们

wǒ men

1. we 2. our 3. us

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已經   已经

yǐ jīng

already

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dāng

1. when, just at, during 2. to be, to serve as, to act as 3. to manage, to withstand 4. to take one's turn 5. ought, should 6. current 7. to face, to turn towards 8. to match equally, to equal, to be equal to 9. to treat something/someone as

Here: to be, to serve as

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le

1. (particle signifying the change of situation) 2. (completed action marker) 3. (a filler word without any meaning)

Here: (completed action marker)

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快要   快要

kuài yào

soon, almost, nearly

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sān

three, 3

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nián

1. year 2. age, a person's age 3. Nian (Chinese surname) 4. period of life 5. annual 6. period (in history) 7. New Year

Here: year

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de

1. of (possessive particle) 2. (adjectival ending) 3. (used at the end of a declarative sentence for emphasis) 4. (used to form a nominal expression)

Here: of (possessive particle)

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筆友   笔友

bǐ yǒu

pen-friend, pen pal

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