You probably know about the famous Shi poem –
There are a plenty of articles and Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den. blog posts about this poem. It consists only of words that sound “shi”, with different tones. Let’s learn some of them. The name of the poem is:` 施氏食狮史
Shī Shì shí shī shǐ
狮 means lion And here is a list of most characters used there:
List of all shi characters
This character means
number, date, mark, sign, symbol
To me it looks like a funny dancing man, or a Jinny.
If you like teas as much as I do, you probably know a couple of Chinese tea names. Let’s learn how to write them, and learn some more characters on the way.
Red tea –
This is what Europeans call “black tea”. The character
紅( means hóngchá) red . It depicts thread (纟) and phonetic element 工 (also it doesn’t sound the same…)
(siúchúng ch’ā), lit. small kind tea (from
Lapsang souchong ( 拉普山小種 ; pinyin : lāpǔshān xiǎozhǒng “sub-variety from Lapu Mountain”)
拉普 山 is the name of the mountain,
小 is small
種 (simplified: 种) is seed, race, offspring
traditional: 烏龍, lit. black dragon
乌 is dark (like a crow). The character depicts a bird, actually. Compare 黑, from “black as ink”
Pu-erh or Pu’er tea 普 洱 茶
pǔ’ěr chá is a variety of fermented
There are many characters that looks like several (Latin or other) letters pushed to one square. Let’s see.
I call it
means look up to, rely on, admire
AP character. Means “knock”.
A4 is not a
paper format, but means “ call, cry, shout, hail, greet” ( 你 叫什么名字？ – Nǐ jiào shénme míngzi? What is your name?)
BAT is just
print, seal, stamp, chop, mark
to be continued
Let’s learn today some characters with remarkably simple shapes.
convex shape means convex.
concave, hollow, depressed and a pass, valley
凸凹 and 凹凸 both mean bumpy
container, and has the same meaning
outside the city, suburbs, wild ???
Let’s lets learn Chinese digits.
囗 亻 己弓厶与丘子日彑
If you have enough imagination, these characters look like digits, and this will be used to help to remember 10 new characters (and words).
Start with 0. Actually, there are two 0-shaped characters,
口and 囗 (mouth and imports)
亻(for one) is a side form of (人), which is not similar to 1. So let’s learn 工 (work)
弓 (pronounces same as 工) depicts bow
厶means “private” (there is a funny variant: 厽, 3 times , with the same meaning)
与 means and, with, to, for, give, grant
丘 depicts small mountain but means also elder, empty or a name
子 – original meaning is son or child, but has many more meanings now
日depict Sun, but means Day as well
彑 for snout
Hope this lesson help you to remember 10 characters. You can also try to write your phone number with these digits, feed it to Google translate, and see