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up; on; on top; upon; first; previous or last; upper; higher; above; previous; to climb; to go into; to go up
team; class; rank; squad; a work shift; a measure word; surname
simp. and trad.


  • ziên6 bang1 - Chaozhou;
  • zion6 bang1 - Jieyang.



  1. to be on duty; to go to work; to begin one's work day; to begin one's shift
    每天地鐵上班 [MSC, trad.]
    每天地铁上班 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ měitiān zuò dìtiě qù shàngbān. [Pinyin]
    I take the subway to work every day.
    天天上班沒事 [MSC, trad.]
    天天上班没事 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ tiāntiān shàngbān méishì gàn. [Pinyin]
    There's never anything for me to do at work.
  2. to be open (for business); to be trading

Usage notesEdit

There are many equivalents for English to work in Chinese, the most common and generic being 工作 (gōngzuò). Use 上班 (shàngbān) for shift work, 辦公办公 (bàngōng) for office or administration work and 幹活干活 (gànhuó) for physical work.



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