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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology[edit]

(meaning: mouth) + (phonetic: a).

Han character[edit]

(radical 30 +8, 11 strokes, cangjie input 口弓中口 (RNLR), four-corner 61020, composition)

  1. exclamatory particle

References[edit]


Cantonese[edit]

-
simp. and trad.

Hanzi[edit]

(Jyutping aa1, aa2, aa3, aa4, Yale a1, a2, a3, a4)

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Hakka[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(POJ o (o1), ó (o2), Guangdong o1 [Meixian, Bao'an, Kwangtung], o1, a1 [Hailu, Siyan], Hagfa Pinyim o2, o3)

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References[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(uncommon “Hyōgai” kanji)

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Readings[edit]


Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(a) (hangeul , revised a, McCune-Reischauer a)

  1. love

Mandarin[edit]

-
simp. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Hanzi[edit]

(Pinyin ā (a1), á (a2), ǎ (a3), à (a4), a (a5), Wade-Giles a1, a2, a3, a4, a)

Interjection[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin ā)

  1. (used by itself to express surprise) ah, oh, ha
    [MSC, trad.]
    [MSC, simp.]
    Ā! Wǒ yòu yíng le! [Pinyin]
    Ha! I've won again!

Interjection[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin ǎ)

  1. (indicating puzzled surprise) what? oh? huh?
    事兒 [MSC, trad.]
    事儿 [MSC, simp.]
    Ǎ! Zhēn yǒu zhè shìr? [Pinyin]
    What? Is that really so?

Interjection[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin á)

  1. (indicating doubt or questioning) what?, huh?, eh
    什麼 [MSC, trad.]
    什么 [MSC, simp.]
    Á? Nǐ shuō shénme? [Pinyin]
    Huh, what did you say?

Interjection[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin à)

  1. (indicating agreement/approval) ah
    [MSC, trad. and simp.]
    À, hǎo ba. [Pinyin]
    Well, OK.

Particle[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin a)

  1. sentence-final particle expressing surprise
    [MSC, trad.]
    [MSC, simp.]
    Nǐ bù lái a? [Pinyin]
    So you're not coming?
  2. sentence-final particle expressing exclamation, excitement or enthusiasm
    天兒 [MSC, trad.]
    天儿 [MSC, simp.]
    Duō hǎo tiānr a! [Pinyin]
    What a fine day!
    謝謝 / 谢谢  ―  xièxiè a  ―  Thanks
  3. sentence-final particle softening the request
    不行 [MSC, trad.]
    不行 [MSC, simp.]
    Lǎo Wáng a, zhè kě bùxíng a! [Pinyin]
    Wang, this won't do!
  4. used in enumerations, for confirmation (often untranslated)
    [MSC, trad.]
    [MSC, simp.]
    Qián a, shū a, biǎo a, wǒ dōu diū le. [Pinyin]
    Money, books, watch, I lost everything.
  5. on and on, continuously

Usage notes[edit]

Only used after words ending in -ng, ci, zi, si, chi, zhi, shi. See , , , [[]] .

Synonyms[edit]

  • after -a, -o, -e, -i, -ü
  • after -u, -ao
  • after -n

References[edit]


Min Nan[edit]

-
simp. and trad.

Hanzi[edit]

(POJ a (a1))

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

(traditional and simplified, POJ a)

  1. ah; oh

Usage notes[edit]

  • placed at the end of a sentence, or used by itself to express surprise.

References[edit]

  • "" (in Taiwanese/English), On-line Taiwanese/Mandarin Dictionary (台文/華文線頂辭典). URL accessed on 2011-01-29.

Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(a, à, )

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