The Chinese word 然后 means “then” or “afterward” in English. It is commonly used to indicate a sequence of events or actions, such as “I woke up this morning, then I brushed my teeth”. It can also be used to give instructions or directions, such as “First, cut the vegetables, then add them to the pot”. In Chinese, 然后 is a very useful and commonly used word that is essential for expressing a variety of ideas and concepts.
Conjunction: then, afterwards
|我先吃饭，然后再去看电影||wǒ xiān chīfàn, ránhòu zài qù kàn diànyǐng||I’ll eat first, then go watch a movie|
|我要先洗澡，然后才能睡觉||wǒ yào xiān xǐzǎo, ránhòu cái néng shuìjiào||I need to take a shower first before I can sleep|
|我先写完这个报告，然后再去开会||wǒ xiān xiě wán zhège bàogào, ránhòu zài qù kāihuì||I’ll finish writing this report first, then go to the meeting|
|我要先去超市买东西，然后再回家||wǒ yào xiān qù chāoshì mǎi dōngxī, ránhòu zài huí jiā||I need to go to the supermarket first to buy things, then go back home|
|我先去健身房锻炼，然后再去上班||wǒ xiān qù jiànshēnfáng duànliàn, ránhòu zài qù shàngbān||I’ll go to the gym to work out first, then go to work|
|我要先把这个问题解决了，然后再考虑其他事情||wǒ yào xiān bǎ zhège wèntí jiějué le, ránhòu zài kǎolǜ qítā shìqíng||I need to solve this problem first before considering other things|
然后 is part of HSK Level 3 in HSK 2.0. In the newer HSK 3.0 it is part of HSK Level 2.