唉 (ai): meaning, pronunciation, examples, strokes

By | October 13, 2017

1. What does 唉 mean in English?

唉 (Chinese PinYin: āi or ài) means alas, gosh, yes, well or right in Chinese, it is a mandarin Chinese interjection. It is a polysemous word, it can mean (1) alas, gosh, to express sadness, sympathy, shame, or fear; (2) well, yes, as an answer to someone’s call or say that something is true or you agree with. It is often used in informal conversations. Some most commonly used phrases include: 唉哟, 唉呀 (oh); 唉曼 (eman), 唉托啡(etorphine) and 唉声叹气 (sigh in despair).

2. How to pronounce 唉 ?

Chinese Pinyin: [āi or ài]

Pronunciation examples: Please click to play the below audio.

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Audio source: created by Baidu Voice

3. Synonyms And Antonyms of 唉

Synonyms: 哎, 呦

Antonyms: (None)

 

4. What are the fixed expression, collocations and idioms that contains 唉

Fixed expression: N/A

Collocations: 唉哟, 唉呀 (oh); 唉曼 (eman), 唉托啡(etorphine),

Idioms: 唉声叹气 (sigh in despair)

5. How to use 唉 in a sentence?

Below are some example sentences containing 唉.

5.1 唉, 她死于乳癌

Translation: Alas! She died of breast cancer.

5.2 唉, 我病了几天, 把工作都耽误了。

Translation: Alas! I have been sick for several days, all jobs are delayed.

5.3 你为什么总是唉声叹气?

Translation: Why are you aways sighing in despair?

5.4 唉, 是我的错

Translation: Oh, my fault.

5.5 唉, 为什么要让我恋爱呢? 我从前是那么的清醒和理智, 现在错觉和幻想已经使我病入膏肓

Translation: Alas, why make me love? I was aware, conscious, and sensible before. I am ill by cause of this illusion.― Kamand Kojouri

5.6 世界是如此的美好. 但是也有太多的混蛋了, 唉.

Translation: “World is so beautiful, but alas! There are so many assholes.” ― M.F. Moonzajer

5.7 唉, 你受到的伤害是如此的大, 已经无法治愈 ― 即使我想, 我也无能为力

Translation: “Alas, you’re damaged beyond repair that even if I wanted to fix you I couldn’t.”― Ahmed Mostafa

5.8 唉~我们最终还是失败了.

Translation: Alas, we failed finally.

6. Stroke Order

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