Chinese character 坎 kǎn – pit, hole

Chinese character 坎 kǎn – pit, hole

Chinese character 吹 chuī – cook Main meanings 1. pit.2. hole. 3. bank (of a river). 4. ridge Statistics HSK – STROKES – RADICAL – 土 Etymology Elements  —-  An open mouth (lacking)  欠 + earth 土 . Phonetic series 欠. A pictogram of a hole in the...
How a change in writing changed history

How a change in writing changed history

How a change in writing changed history In ancient China, enemies’  heads were cut off for several different reasons: enemies captured alive as part of a ritual intended to provide power to the victor, during battle to witness the number of dead enemies and...
Chinese character 次 second, times

Chinese character 次 second, times

Chinese character 次 second, times Main meanings second times, order inferior remain stand. Statistics HSK – 2 STROKES – 6 RADICAL – 冫 Etymology Elements  —-  two 二  + open mouth 欠. Phonetic series 次. This is two 二 breaths (or two sneezes) with...
Family of characters 欠 qian

Family of characters 欠 qian

Characters family related to 欠 qian  欠 qiàn – yawn; owe/ short of, lacking. The upper part evolved from the pictogram of an open mouth. A person人with an open mouth is yawning, or trying to compensate for the lack of air. 欠缺    qiànquē – lack/ be deficient of (lack +...

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