Thursday, September 29, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (90) Practice - 習

The shell bone script for character Practice is


on the top, there is a Feather


on the bottom, there is a Sun


A young bird opens its wings under the sun to practice flying, it needs to try again and again to learn how to fly, which is meaning of Practice.

It is an ideogram character.

Its small seal script is


Its clerical script is

Its current standard printing script for traditional character is


It is same as the clerical script.

Its current standard printing script for simplified character is


which is half of the Feather, it may be better to be the simplified character of Feather (羽). It is not good to be a simplified Practice (習), obviously 习 destroys the ideogram of character 習。So it is not a good simplified character. 

Now, 习 has other meanings: get used to, habit - something people need long time to get or become comfortable with.

Its Pinyin is "Xi2".  

Amazing Chinese Characters (89) Feather - 羽

The big seal script for character Feather is



just like the feather of bird.

Its small seal script is


which is more like the feather.

Its clerical script is


still some similarity, but less pictography.

The current standard printing script is


very similar to the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Yu3"


Monday, September 26, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (88) Tolerate - 忍

The big seal script for character Tolerate is


the top is character Blade, the bottom is character Heart. Put a blade on a person's heart, the person feels very painful but can't move because he/she may get more injury or even be killed. He/she has to tolerate the pain. It is an ideogram character.

Its small seal script is


Its clerical script is


The current standard printing script is


same as its clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Ren3".

Amazing Chinese Characters (87) Blade - 刃

The shell bone script for character Blade is


Let 's compare it with character Knife


We can see there is a small circle on the side of the knife, the circle is an indicator or pointer to point the blade of the knife.

Its small seal script is


in comparison with the small seal script of Knife


here we can see a short line on the blade of the knife, which is better indicator or pointer.

This kind character is called self-explanatory characters.

Its clerical script is


the dot on the left is the pointer.

Its current standard printing script is 


same as clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Ren4".




Friday, September 23, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (86) Depressed - 闷

The big seal script for character Depressed is

the top is character Door,


 the bottom is character Heart

a heart inside the door means that the person can't open his/her heart or mind to outside, he/she is trapped inside, which is Depressed.

Its small seal script is


Its clerical script is


Its current standard printing script for traditional character is


Its current standard printing script for simplified character is


The difference is from that between traditional Door 門 and simplified Door 门。

Its Pinyin is "Men1". 

Amazing Chinese Characters (85) Scoop - 舀

The big seal script for character Scoop is


the top is a hand, the bottom is a container with open on top, which means that a hand is trying to get something out of the container, the same as Scoop.

Its small seal script is


Its clerical script is


Its current standard printing script is


Its Pinyin is "Yao3".

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters(84)Leisure - 闲

The bronze script for character Leisure is


there is a Door


outside and Wood


inside.

Wood inside Door is Leisure because people who could stay home gardening, have the leisure. Here the Wood means grass, flower, or/and tree. Or we can think it as people sit in front of the door, wathcing the trees.

In comparison with Stuck


which the Wood inside a small box or small room without access to outside, the Wood couldn't grow, stuck inside.

The Door can be door of a room, a house, even a yard, which are big. Also, Door means that there is an access to outside, so the Wook is not stuck, could grow.

The small seal script for Leisure is


Its clerical script is

Its current standard printing script for traditional script is


same as the clerical script. There is another one


which is a Moon in the Door. The moon here is the light of moon penetrate the gap of the door, or we can think that people sit in front of the door, watching the moon.



the Door changed, which is less pictography.

Its Pinyin is "Xian".

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (83) Stuck - 困

The shell bone script for Character Stuck is



in side there is shell bone script for Wood



The outside rectangle is a small room or a box. A tree (Wood) in a small room without door and windows means Stuck because the tree could not grow high and big, it is struck by the small room, may be very small like a box. It is an ideogram character.

Its small seall script is


samiliar to the shell bone script.

Its clerical script is


similar to small seal script but all bent lines become straight lines.

The current standard printing script for character Stuck is


Its Pinyin is "Kun4".

Amazing Chinese Characters (82) Country - 國

The big seal script for Character Country is


We can see there is


on the right. A circle with a dot inside is on the left with a short horizontal line below.

To found a country, you should have armed forces to defend enemy, which is represented by Dagger-axe. The short line on the left bottome represents the land, and the circle with a dot is the Sun. Army, land, and sun form a country.

Its small seal script is


changed a lot. First there is a big rectangle surrounding the inside where are a Dagger-axe character, a small circle and a short horizontal line.

Now the country is explained as "Army, land, population, and border". The big rectangle is the border, the circle is population. Which represents the meaning of Country much better.

Its clerical script is


similar to the clerical script.

The current standard printing script for traditional character is


same as the clerical script.

The current standard printing script for simplified character is


the inside 玉 is jade, very expensive. But border with jade is not good to represent a country. So this simplified character lost its original ideogram features to reduce the strokes.

Its Pinyin is "Guo1".

Amazing Chinese Characters (81) Flash - 闪

We learnt Door, its shell bone script is


In side the Door is home or courtyard.

What if we put something inside the Door? You get a new character.

Let's see the big seal script for character Flash

which is formed by a Door and a Person. A person inside or under the door means Flash. Why?

I should point out that you can't think that the Person is sitting inside, what you should think is that people saw a person who flashed through the door gap.

In comparison with big seal script Prison


which is a person in a box or small room. The room or box has no gap, an isolated place.

The small seal script for Flash is


similar to its big seal script.

Its clerical script is

still similar.

Its current standard printing script for traditional character is


same as the clerical script.

Its current standard printing script for simplified character is


Because the simplified Door 门 is not pictography, the 闪 is not as good as traditional character 閃 inpictography feature.  

It Pinyin is "Shan3".


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (80) Dagger-axe - 戈

The shell bone script for Character Dagger-axe is


a weapon used in Shang Dynasty, 3000+ years ago.

Its big seal script is


which is a little bit changed, the middle bar is not straight, less pictography.

Its small seal script is


which changed much, not like a dagger-axe.

Its clerical script is


similar to the small seal script.

Its current standard printing script is


very similar to its clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Ge1".

Monday, September 19, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (79) Jail - 囚

The big seal script for character Jail (or Prison) is

in side


is Person or People.

The big square or round outside represent small room. A person is in a small room, which means Jail or Prison. It is an ideogram character.

Its small seal script is


Its clerical script is


The current standard printing script is


Its Pinyin is "Qiu2".