The Chinese word 开始 means “to begin” or “to start”. It is commonly used in a variety of contexts to indicate the start of an action, event, or process. For example, you might use 开始 to say “I’m starting my homework now” or “The meeting will begin at 2 pm”. It can also be used to express the beginning of a relationship, such as “We started dating last month”. 开始 is an essential word in Chinese, and mastering its usage is crucial for effective communication in the language.
Verb: to begin
|我们可以开始吃饭了||wǒmen kěyǐ kāishǐ chīfàn le||We can start eating now|
|他开始学习中文了||tā kāishǐ xuéxí zhōngwén le||He started learning Chinese|
|今天天气很好，我们可以开始郊游了||jīntiān tiānqì hěn hǎo, wǒmen kěyǐ kāishǐ jiāoyóu le||The weather is nice today, we can start our outing now|
|老师开始上课了，请大家安静||lǎoshī kāishǐ shàngkè le, qǐng dàjiā ānjìng||The teacher has started the class, please be quiet|
|我们要开始讨论这个问题了||wǒmen yào kāishǐ tǎolùn zhège wèntí le||We need to start discussing this issue now|
|等人都到齐了，我们就可以开始开会了||děng rén dōu dào qí le, wǒmen jiù kěyǐ kāishǐ kāihuì le||Once everyone is here, we can start the meeting|
|他们开始跳舞了，音乐很动听||tāmen kāishǐ tiàowǔ le, yīnyuè hěn dòngtīng||They started dancing, the music is very catchy|
开始 is part of HSK Level 2 in HSK 2.0. In the newer HSK 3.0 it is part of HSK Level 3.