Thursday, January 12, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (129) Star - 星

Ancient Chinese watched the sky at night, they knew Sun, Moon, and Star. We learnt characters for Sun, and Moon, now let's learn the character for Star.

The shell bone script for character Star is


the two squares are stars, the rest is sky.

Its big seal script is


the small 日 are stars now.

Its small seal script is


three small star in big seal became one big star.

The clerical script is

similar to the small seal script, the middle curve became straight lines.

The current standard printing script is


The Pinyin for the character is "Xing1".


## If you just want to see characters you are interested, you can go Post 1 "Preface and Index", in which you can find an index of all characters posted in this blog, check the index to see if the characters you are interested are in the list, if yes, find the post numbers, then go the posts directly.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (128) Elephant - 象

Elephant is not a Chinese zodiac animal, but it is very important in Chinese culture. Many many words include character Elephant.

Elephants lived in China thousands years ago, but as the weather changed, forest disappeared in north China, so elephants disappeared in north China and most south China. Small amount of elephants live in Yunnan, near Burma.

When elephants disappeared from most of China, many people couldn't see elephant, but learnt the animal by legends, could only imagine elephant. So character Elephant means "similar", "look like", it could form words with other characters, e.g. “想象“-imagine, "抽象“ -abstract. Anyway, something you counld see, but you could imagine.

Let see the its scripts.

The shell bone script for character Elephant is


a picture of a vertical elephant, with a typical long nose.

Its small seal script is


a little bit similar to its shell bone script, but changed a lot.

Its clerical script is

which is similar to its small seal script.

Its current standard printing script is

very similar to its clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Xiang".