Chinese Traditional: 開始
Chinese Simplified: 开始
Pinyin: kai1 shi3
Zhuyin: ㄎㄞ ㄕˇ
English Meaning: 1. to start, to begin, to launch 2. beginning, outset, start
German Meaning: beginnen, Anfang, Beginn
Spanish Meaning: empezar, el principio
Classifier: (ge5)
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你大概想在什麼時候開始上課?
你大概想在什么时候开始上课?
ni3 da4 gai4 xiang3 zai4 shen2 me5 shi2 hou4 kai1 shi3 shang4 ke4?
When roughly would you like to start the class?
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我有訂房,從今天開始二天。
我有订房,从今天开始二天。
wo3 you3 ding4 fang2, cong2 jin1 tian1 kai1 shi3 er4 tian1.
I have a reservation from today for 2 days. (hotel)
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在英國通常九月中左右就開始變冷。
在英国通常九月中左右就开始变冷。
zai4 ying1 guo2 tong1 chang2 jiu3 yue4 zhong1 zuo3 you4 jiu4 kai1 shi3 bian4 leng3.
In Britain, it usually starts to get chilly around the middle of September.
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人都到齊後,我們就開始開會。
人都到齐后,我们就开始开会。
ren2 dou1 dao4 qi2 hou4, wo3 men5 jiu4 kai1 shi3 kai1 hui4.
When everyone is here, we'll start the meeting.
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可以開始了嗎?
可以开始了吗?
ke3 yi3 kai1 shi3 le5 ma5?
Ready to start?
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電影什麼時候開始?
电影什么时候开始?
dian4 ying3 shen2 me5 shi2 hou4 kai1 shi3?
When does the movie start?
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他們上個月開始約會。
他们上个月开始约会。
ta1 men5 shang4 ge5 yue4 kai1 shi3 yue1 hui4.
They started dating last month.
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Related Words:

 

kāi

1. to open 2. to drive, to steer 3. to bloom, to blossom 4. to prescribe (medicine) 5. to issue 6. to come loose 7. to make (a joke) 8. open (adj) 9. to boil (water) 10. to hold (a meeting), to organize (an event) 11. to start, to switch on

Here: to open

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shǐ

to start, to begin

Here: begin

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