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Chinese characters

It will explain Chinese characters: 想 吃 喝 要 水 茶 多 少
  • 想(xiǎng, would like to; to think):The top part of this character is 相(xiāng, each other), which gives a clue to the pronunciation, but the tone is different. The bottom part is 心(xīn, heart).
  • 吃(chī, eat): The left part of this character is 口(kǒu, mouth), meaning “mouth”. So this action is related to a mouth. The right part is a character 乞(qǐ, to beg), giving a clue to the pronunciation of the character 吃(chī, eat).
  • 喝(hē, drink):The left part of this character shares the same radical with 吃(chī, eat). The right part stands for its pronunciation.
  • 要(yào, want):This character originally refers to the waist of a woman. Later, the meaning changes. It means “to want something”.
  • 水(shuǐ, water):This character looks like a few drops of water splashing.
  • 茶(chá, tea):The top part of the character is like grass. When a character has this radical, it usually relates with plant.
  • 多(duō, many;much):This character shows that two pieces of meat are stacked together. “Two” represents many in Chinese. So 多(duō, many;much) means many or much.
  • 少(shǎo, few;less):This character means “small” in the past, but now it means little.

After learning this video, you can write these characters as their order in the worksheet to help you better understand what you have learned.

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