Meaning and pronunciation of 书

Simplified character
Traditional character



  • book
  • letter
  • document
  • CL:本[ben3],冊|册[ce4],部[bu4]
  • to write

HSK levels


  • (ya): second, hand
  • (ya): second, hand
  • (gǔn): line
  • (zhǔ): stroke

Characters with the same pronunciation

  • : uncle; father's younger brother; husband's younger brother; Taiwan pr. [shu2];
  • : to express; to give expression to; variant of 紓|纾[shu1]; to relieve;
  • : a comb; to comb;
  • : different; unique; special; very; (classical) to behead; to die; to cut off; to separate; to surpass;
  • : to dredge; to clear away obstruction; thin; sparse; scanty; distant (relation); not close; to neglect; negligent; to present a memorial to the Emperor; commentary; annotation;
  • : to stretch; to unfold; to relax; leisurely;
  • : vegetables;
  • : to lose; to transport; to donate; to enter (a password);

Sentences examples with 书

  • 我读了八本书。
    Wǒ dúle bā běn shū.
  • 桌子上有一本书。
    Zhuōzi shàng yǒuyī běn shū.
  • 这是我大书。
    Zhè shì wǒ dà shū.
  • 你喜欢读书吗?
    Nǐ xǐhuān dúshū ma?
  • 你看,那本书在桌子上呢。
    Nǐ kàn, nà běn shū zài zhuōzi shàng ne.

Words containing 书, by HSK level

HSK 1 vocabulary list

  • (shū): book; letter; CL:本[ben3] ,册[ce4] ,部[bu4]; see also Book of History

HSK 6 vocabulary list