Memory Phrase (Mnemonic) for 先


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Meaning

in advance, first, early, prior, former

Pronunciation

xiān

Explanation

At top: variant of cow , below: legs

Mnemonic

A cow with two legs goes in advance.

Radicals

in advance, first(early; prior; former)

Vocabulary

先生 xiān sheng teacher; husband; doctor (topolect); Mister (Mr.)
先秦 xiān Qín pre-Qin, Chinese history up to the foundation of the Qin imperial dynasty in 221 BC
祖先 zǔ xiān ancestor; forebears
事先 shì xiān in advance; before the event; beforehand; prior
预先 yù xiān beforehand; in advance
首先 shǒu xiān first (of all); in the first place
先进 xiān jìn advanced (technology); to advance
先后 xiān hòu early or late; priority; in succession; one after another
憨豆先生 Hān dòu Xiān sheng Mr. Bean (TV)
藤野先生 Téng yě Xiān sheng Yoshino-Sensei, Japanese friend of Lu Xun 鲁迅

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