Archive | July, 2012

Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 62 – 字 Zì ; Chinese character

   字 is a son under a roof, means raising up. It was borrowed to mean Chinese character . Vocabulary Builder 文字 Wénzì Writing 汉字 Hànzì Chinese character 写字 Xiězì Write 字母 Zìmǔ Letter;Alphabet 名字 Míngzì Name 字画 Zìhuà Calligraphy and painting 字体 Zìtǐ Font 字条 Zìtiáo Note 字幕 Zìmù Subtitle .

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 61 – 乳 Rǔ; Breast feeding; Milk

       Vocabulary Builder 乳房 Rǔfáng Breast 乳汁 Rǔzhī Milk 哺乳 Bǔrǔ Breast-feeding 乳牙 Rǔyá Deciduous 腐乳 Fǔrǔ Fermented bean curd 乳臭未干 Rǔxiùwèigān Callow; Be young and inexpericenced. 乳酪 Rǔlào Cheese 乳牛 Rǔniú Dairy cattle .

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 60 – 孔 Kǒng; Very; (used as ) hole.

孔 Kǒng  is a milking baby .   The baby is easily overfed, so 孔 Kǒng   is used very.   But this Character was borrowed to mean hole.       Vocabulary Builder 孔穴 Kǒngxué Hole 孔洞 Kǒngdòng Holes 孔武有力 Kǒng wǔ yǒulì Very strong and powerful

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 58 – 眉 Méi; Eyebrow

Comparing (眉 Méi; Eyebrow) with (   目 Mù; Eye ),  the difference is the line above, which represent the Eyebrow. Vocabulary Builder 眉毛 Méimáo Eyebrow 眉目 méimù Eyebrow and eyes; looks 眉目清秀 méimù qīngxiù Have a delicate features 扬眉吐气 yángméitǔqì Proud 眉飞色舞 Méifēisèwǔ Highly exultant; 眉开眼笑 méikāiyǎnxiào Beam with joy; very happy face; 眉来眼去 méiláiyǎnqù Flirt […]

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 57 – 媚 Mèi ; flatter; fawn on; Charming; enchanting

       媚    is made of (    Nǚ, girl) and a (  眉 Méi, eyebrow) above, with the lines to represent the eyebrow.   Vocabulary Builder 媚眼 Mèi yǎn Flirtatious 媚惑 mèi huò Trapped inside 媚外 mèiwài Fawn on foreign powers 春光明媚 chūnguāng míngmèi Glorious Spring 秀媚 xiùmèi Elegant and charming 娇媚 jiāomèi Flirtatious 妩媚 wǔmèi Charming .  

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 55 – 嫁 Jià; Marry a man

  嫁 is a  Phonetic compounds word, which made of ” 女 nǚ girl”  as radical and ” 家 jiā” as a Phonetic part.   Vocabulary Builder 嫁人 Jià rén Marry a man 出嫁 chūjià Marry and left house (出 out) 嫁妆 jiàzhuāng Dowry 嫁不出去 jià bù chūqù No one to take her to marry Video 作曲:周华健 作词:周华健 编曲:江建民 秒针分针滴答滴答在心中 […]

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