The Chinese word 外 means “outside” or “external”. It is commonly used in phrases such as 外面 meaning “outside”, 外国 meaning “foreign country”, and 外交 meaning “diplomacy”. It can also be used as a prefix to indicate “outer” or “external” in compound words such as 外套 meaning “coat” and 外壳 meaning “shell” or “outer casing”.
Adjective: foreign, external
|我们出去走走吧，享受一下大自然的美好之外||wǒmen chūqù zǒu zǒu ba, xiǎngshòu yīxià dàzìrán de měihǎo zhī wài||Let’s go outside and enjoy the beauty of nature|
|他的工作时间很长，几乎没有时间做任何事情之外||tā de gōngzuò shíjiān hěn cháng, jīhū méiyǒu shíjiān zuò rènhé shìqíng zhī wài||His work hours are so long that he has almost no time for anything else|
|这个问题的答案不在书里，你需要去外面寻找||zhège wèntí de dá’àn bù zài shū lǐ, nǐ xūyào qù wàimiàn xúnzhǎo||The answer to this problem is not in the book, you need to go outside and look for it|
|在中国，送礼物的时候，包装很重要，它代表着你的心意之外||zài zhōngguó, sòng lǐwù de shíhòu, bāozhuāng hěn zhòngyào, tā dàibiǎo zhe nǐ de xīnyì zhī wài||In China, when giving gifts, the packaging is very important as it represents your intentions beyond the gift itself|
|我们的公司在国内外都有很多客户||wǒmen de gōngsī zài guónèiwài dōu yǒu hěnduō kèhù||Our company has many clients both domestically and internationally|
外 is part of HSK Level 2 in HSK 2.0. In the newer HSK 3.0 it is part of HSK Level 1.