Archive | June, 2013

Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 220 – 得 Dé; get; gain; obtain:

得 Dé is a hand holding a shell, which used as as money in romote ancient time. Vocabulary Builder 得 Dé 1  ( 动) get; gain; obtain: 得病 Débìng fall ill. 得分 Défēn score 得人心 Dérénxīn (动) have the support of the people; be popular 个人得失 Gèrén déshī personal gain or loss 得心应手 Déxīnyìngshǒu handle […]

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 219 – 尊-Zūn; respect; esteem

尊-Zūn is a person holding a vessle or wine jar. It was extented to mean ” respect”. A new Character 樽Zūn is created to mean vessle or wine jar.   Vocabulary Builder 尊 Zūn (动) respect; esteem 尊称 Zūnchēng (名) respectful form of address 尊敬 Zūnjìng 1 (动) respect; esteem; revere: 尊敬父母 Zūnjìng fùmǔ show respect to […]

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 218 – 专Zhuān – special

专Zhuān is a person turning a weaving machine. Later “转 轉 Zhuǎn” is used as turning but 专Zhuān was borrowed to mean “special; speciality” Vocabulary Builder 专 Zhuān 1 (形) special : 专 Zhuān 2 (名) speciality: 专 Zhuān 3 (动) monopolize: 专门 Zhuānmén (形) special; specialized: 专家 Zhuānjiā (名) expert; specialist 专断 Zhuānduàn (动) make one’s […]

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 217 – 寺 Sì -temple

寺 Sì originally is a person holding a stuff. Later, a new character 持 Chí is used to mean “hold”. . Vocabulary Builder 寺 Sì (名) temple 清真寺 Qīngzhēnsì mosque 寺院 Sìyuàn (名) temple 少林寺 Shàolínsì Shaolin Temple   Learn Chinese Online, Anywhere You Can!  Join our daily FREE blogs and making daily progress with us.

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 216 – 寸 Cùn; Inch

Vocabulary Builder 寸 Cùn 1 (量) cun , a unit of length 寸 Cùn 2 (形) little; small: 尺寸 Chǐcùn (名) Size; measurement; dimensions: 得寸进尺 Décùnjìnchǐ be insatiable 寸步难行 Cùnbùnánxíng unable to move a single step . 寸步不离 Cùnbù bùlí follow sb. closely; keep close to sb. 鼠目寸光 Shǔmùcùnguāng be short-sighted Learn Chinese Online, Anywhere […]

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 215 – 吏 – Lì; govemment officials

Vocabulary Builder 吏 Lì (名) official; mandarin: 贪官污吏 Tānguān wū lì corrupt officials 官吏 Guānlì (名) govemment officials (in feudal society) 污吏 Wū lì corrupt official Learn Chinese Online, Anywhere You Can!  Join our daily FREE blogs and making daily progress with us.  

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 214 – 史 Shǐ; history

  史 Shǐ is a hand holding a hunting tool to catch birds or small animals.  This was a important EVENT for ancient to survive, so “史 Shǐ” means matter, event and finally used as history. There are few Characters can be traced to the same root. Related words 吏 Lì (名) official; mandarin: 使 Shǐ […]

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 213 – 父 Fù; father

父 Fù originally is a person holding an ax.   Later, a new character 斧Fǔ is used to mean ax.   . Vocabulary Builder 父 Fù (名) 1 father: 父亲 Fùqīn father 父 Fù 2 male relative: 伯父 Bófù father ‘ s elder brother; uncle 祖父 Zǔfù grandfather 父老 Fùlǎo (名) elders (of a country or district) 父母 Fùmǔ […]

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 212 – 及 Jí ; reach; come up to; attain:

Vocabulary Builder 及 Jí 1 (动) reach; come up to; attain: 力所能及 Lìsuǒnéngjí what is in one’s power 及格 Jígé (动) pass a test, examination etc. ; pass; be up to the standard 及时 Jíshí 2 promptly; without delay: 有问题就及时解决 Yǒu wèntí jiù jíshí jiějué Problems, if any, should be solved without delay 及早 Jízǎo […]

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Origin of Chinese Characters 说文解字 211 – 叟 Sǒu ; old man

  叟Sǒu originally is a person holding a torch to SEARCH. Later, a new character 搜 Sōu is used to mean search. Vocabulary Builder 叟 Sǒu (名) old man 智叟 Zhì sǒu wise old man Learn Chinese Online, Anywhere You Can!  Join our daily FREE blogs and making daily progress with us.

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