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(no subject) [May. 22nd, 2007|11:20 pm]
Chinese Character a Day

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Current Theme: Characters with the element 舛 chuǎn (chuan3), error

phosphorous

LIN2


  • commonly found in the compounds: 磷元素 LIN2 YUAN2 SU4, the element phosphorous; 磷磷 LIN2 LIN2, the sound of water rushing through stones; the shimmer of precious stones
  • radical: 石 SHI2 (stone)
  • etymology: 石 (stone) is semantic element; 粦 (LIN2, ghostly light) is phonetic
  • total strokes traditional (simplified): 17 (17)
  • frequency: uncommon


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(no subject) [May. 15th, 2007|09:45 am]
Chinese Character a Day

characterguy

Current Theme: Characters with the element 舛 chuǎn (chuan3), error

ghostly light; phosphorescence

LIN2


  • commonly found in the compounds: 燐光 LIN2 GUANG1, phosphorescence; 燐火 LIN2 HUO3, phosphorescence
  • radical: 火 HUO3 (fire)
  • etymology: 火 (fire) is semantic element; 粦 (LIN2, ghostly light) is phonetic
  • total strokes traditional (simplified): 16 (16)
  • frequency: rare


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(no subject) [Mar. 26th, 2007|09:14 am]
Chinese Character a Day

characterguy

Current Theme: Characters with the element 舛 chuǎn (chuan3), error

outstanding

jié (jie2)


  • commonly found in the compounds: 杰出 jié chū (jie2 chu1) outstanding; 杰出人物 jié chū rén wù (jie2 chu1 ren2 wu4) outstanding figure; 杰作 jié zuò (jie2 zuo4) masterpiece
  • radical: 9 人 (human) (rén)
  • mnemonic: [Any suggestions?]
  • total strokes traditional (simplified): 12 (8)
  • frequency: 1488th most common character


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N.B. I'm going to try posting characters less frequently (maybe one a week) but more regularly.
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cruel [Mar. 19th, 2007|12:03 am]
Chinese Character a Day

characterguy

Current Theme: Characters with the element 舛 chuǎn (chuan3), error

cruel; Chieh [evil last ruler of the Xia Dynasty]; perch

jié (jie2)


  • commonly found in the compound: 桀骜不馴 (桀骜不驯) jié ào bù xún (jie2 ao4 bu4 xun2), obstinate and unruly
  • radical: 75 木 (tree) (mù)
  • mnemonic: Two persons back to back 舛 hanging from a tree 木.
  • total strokes traditional (simplified): 10 (10)
  • frequency: 4097th most common character


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error [Mar. 12th, 2007|06:13 pm]
Chinese Character a Day

characterguy

Current Theme: Characters with the element 舛 chuǎn (chuan3), error



chuǎn (chuan3)


  • commonly found in the compound: 舛誤 (舛误) chuǎn wù (chuan3 wu4), error
  • radical: no. 136
  • mnemonic: Traditionally, this is said to be a compound ideogram of two persons back to back.
  • total strokes traditional (simplified): 6 (6)
  • frequency: 4694th most common character


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N.B. I'm going to try posting characters less frequently (maybe one a week) but more regularly.
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Gentle readers... [Dec. 20th, 2006|09:20 am]
Chinese Character a Day

characterguy
Sorry I have been away from this community for so long!

My "real life" job has been keeping me too busy. I'm trying to ease my way back into my online duties, beginning with my other community, 1000characters, which I am again updating daily. I hope to eventually get back to also updating dailycharacter, but until then, if you need a character fix, allow me to recommend 1000characters. This journal cycles through the 1,000 most common characters in modern Chinese, taken three per day. I began with the 501st character, but when I reach the 1,000th character, I will go to the 1st most common character, and cycle through the whole list.
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camel [Sep. 25th, 2006|08:35 am]
Chinese Character a Day

characterguy

Current Theme: Characters with the element 各 gè (ge4)



luò (luo4) camel


  • commonly found in the compounds: 駱駝 luòtuó (luo4 tuo2) camel; 駱馬 luòmǎ (luo4 ma3) llama
  • radical: no. 187 馬/马 (horse) (mǎ) (ma3)
  • mnemonic: [Any suggestions?]
  • total strokes traditional (simplified): 16 (9)
  • frequency: 2355th most common character
  • simplified stroke-order animation:



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Apologies [Sep. 24th, 2006|12:18 am]
Chinese Character a Day

characterguy
Sorry I'm being so inconsistent about posting (and answering comments) here and in 1000characters. My job has started up again (I was on summer break), so I don't have as much time as I used to. Don't worry: I'll keep posting, but please forgive me if you post a comment and I don't get to it quickly.
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net, web [Sep. 24th, 2006|12:16 am]
Chinese Character a Day

characterguy

Current Theme: Characters with the element 各 gè (ge4)



luò (luo4) net, web


  • commonly found in the compounds: 聯絡 liánluò (lian2 luo4) contact; 網絡 wǎngluò (wang3 luo4) net; internet
  • radical: no. 120 糸 (silk) (mì) (mi4)
  • mnemonic: Each 各 strand of silk 糸 is woven with another to form a web 洛.
  • total strokes traditional (simplified): 12 (9)
  • frequency: 1852nd most common character
  • simplified stroke-order animation:



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to drop [Sep. 18th, 2006|12:08 am]
Chinese Character a Day

characterguy

Current Theme: Characters with the element 各 gè (ge4)



luò (luo4) to drop


  • commonly found in the compounds: 落後 luòhòu (luo4 hou4) fall behind; 落下 luòxià (luo4 xia4) to drop
  • radical: no. 140 艸 (grass) (cǎo) (cao3)
  • mnemonic: Imagine a drop of water 水 falling off 落 each 各 blade of grass 艸.
  • total strokes traditional (simplified): 13 (12)
  • frequency: 391st most common character
  • stroke-order animation:



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