Pictographic: door

门mén,  Chinese (simplified) ; 門mén, Chinese (traditional). 门mén,door; is a pictopgraph showing a set of double doors (門mén).  门mén is also a radical; the characters with this radical usually related of “door” or “gate”. For example, 闩 (閂) shuān, fasten;  闪 (閃) shǎn, flash;  闭 (閉) bì, close.

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Pictographic: cut

分fēn is comprised of two parts: the lower part is a 刀dāo “knife” which means “ to cut”; the upper part is 八 which means something being separated. The idea of this character is to cut something with a knife – which signifies “to separate”. From this, the meaning was extended to “分辨”( fēnbiàn: to […]

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Pictographic: many

This is an ideogram. It is formed by two 夕xī, one on top of the other. It signifies that days and nights are changing forever. This meaning then implied the idea of 多duō, “a lot “. The original meaning of 多duō was an antonym of 少 shǎo” a little “. Later, another meaning was added, which is ” more “. […]

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To express one’s general age in mandarin

                                                                             他 / 她是一个中年人。                                                                              tā / tā shì yīgè zhōng nián rén.                                                                              He / she […]

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