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Learn Chinese: Chinese charaters – Lesson 169 七 Seven

2014-05-13 07:43
In Chinese culture, there are many concepts relate to the number seven as well. People have seven orifices: two eyes, two ears, a mouth and two nostrils. According to Buddhism, there are seven emotions: happiness, anger, melancholy, yearning, sorrow, fear, and surprise

Learn Chinese: Chinese charaters – Lesson 168 六 six

2014-05-12 10:38
There are many things in Chinese culture that relates to the number six. For example, east, west, south, north, up and down collectively refer to the six harmonies, which can be used to represent any directions. People are said to have six desires: eating, smelling, touching, looking, feeling and passion.

Learn Chinese: Chinese charaters – Lesson 168 果 result

2014-05-11 08:58
The character means result. The original character resembles a fruit tree, which means whatever the seed, so will be the fruit.

Learn Chinese: Chinese charaters – Lesson 167 仁 humanity

2014-05-10 08:51
The character consists of two people, which represents the relationships between people. The philosophy represented by the character comes from Confucianism. Confucius, the ancient philosopher, said people should cherish their relationships with others and carry out their duties and responsibilities.

Learn Chinese: Chinese charaters – Lesson 166 鬼ghost

2014-05-09 08:43
According to legend, people would turn into ghosts after they passed away. Therefore, the original character for ghost resembles a person with a frightening head.

Learn Chinese: Chinese charaters – Lesson 165 道 road

2014-05-08 08:39
The character contains the part, which means path or road. The original character for shou resembles a man’s head. Since the character dao resembles a person walking along a road, it came to mean path or road.

Learn Chinese: popular words – Lesson 164 阴 Yin

2014-05-07 18:27
The characters for yin and yang both contain the part, which stands for the mountain. In general, the north side of a mountain is cold and dark, and thus is represented by yin.

Learn Chinese: popular words – Lesson 163 老到 experienced

2014-04-24 07:06
老到 experienced

Learn Chinese: popular words – Lesson 162 立马儿 at once

2014-04-23 07:05
立马儿 at once

Learn Chinese: popular words – Lesson 161 衣(yī) Clothes

2014-04-22 07:55
The ancient character yi looks like an ancient garment. The top part is a collar; the bottom depicts the front of a Chinese jacket; and the strokes on either side depict the shirt’s sleeves. In ancient China, yi meant garment. In modern Chinese, the character can refer to any type of clothing.

Learn Chinese: popular words – Lesson 160 丝(sī) Silk

2014-04-21 18:51
丝(sī) Silk The character si is a pictographic character. In the modern version of the character, we can still ake out the appear-ance of two strands of silk entangled together.

Learn Chinese: popular words – Lesson 159 大 big

2014-04-17 07:55
The character  大"da" looks like a standing man of gigantic stature. His outstretched arms and straddled legs give him an awe-inspiring appearance. Chinese people believe that there are three things in the world that can be described as big: heaven, earth and oneself. Today, "da ren" (literally big person) mean "adult."
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