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Lesson 04
Combined characters (1)
Compound ideographs
huì yì zì
会 意 字
huì yì
• Compound ideographs (会 意 – joined meaning)
(also called “associative characters”) are one category
of combined ch...
míng rì yuè
• The character 明 is consist of two pictographic characters “日” and “月 ”.
rì yuè
Both “日 ” (sun) and “月 ” (moo...
tǐ běn
• The character 体 has two parts: “亻” and “本 ”. “亻” is
rén
the symbol derived from the pictogram “人 ”(person, people...
jiā
家 home,family
jià
嫁 (woman) marry a man
lín
林 forest
cóng
从 to follow - from
zhòng
众 many,numerous
zuò
坐 to sit
hǎo
好 good
xìn
信 trust
lèi
泪 tear
shuǐ
水
jiǔ
酒 wine
yáng
阳 sunny side
yīn
阴 shady side
• An important concept in traditional Chinese philosophy, esp.
in Taoism.
• Describes opposite or contrary forces in the w...
měi
美 beautiful
nán
男 man,male
cǎi
采 to pick
zǎo
早 morning, early
kàn
看 look
yǒu
有 to have, to own
shì
是 yes, to be
duō
多 many, much
qù
去 to go to, to leave for
bǐ
笔 pen
nín
您 You (respectful)
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04 Compound ideographs

  1. 1. Lesson 04 Combined characters (1) Compound ideographs huì yì zì 会 意 字
  2. 2. huì yì • Compound ideographs (会 意 – joined meaning) (also called “associative characters”) are one category of combined characters. • In associative characters, two or more elements are combined to suggest a new meaning. • The elements which form the combined characters are either pictographic or ideographic characters. They can also be symbols derived from the independent characters. Sometimes a combined character can also be used to be an element of a new character.
  3. 3. míng rì yuè • The character 明 is consist of two pictographic characters “日” and “月 ”. rì yuè Both “日 ” (sun) and “月 ” (moon) shine and bring light. So the new míng character 明 , which is consist of the two pictographic characters means “bright”.
  4. 4. tǐ běn • The character 体 has two parts: “亻” and “本 ”. “亻” is rén the symbol derived from the pictogram “人 ”(person, people) , běn and “本 ”(root) is an ideographic character. So the new associative tǐ character 体 means “the root of a person - body”.
  5. 5. jiā 家 home,family jià 嫁 (woman) marry a man
  6. 6. lín 林 forest
  7. 7. cóng 从 to follow - from
  8. 8. zhòng 众 many,numerous
  9. 9. zuò 坐 to sit
  10. 10. hǎo 好 good
  11. 11. xìn 信 trust
  12. 12. lèi 泪 tear shuǐ 水
  13. 13. jiǔ 酒 wine
  14. 14. yáng 阳 sunny side
  15. 15. yīn 阴 shady side
  16. 16. • An important concept in traditional Chinese philosophy, esp. in Taoism. • Describes opposite or contrary forces in the world. yáng: fire, sky, sun, masculinity and daytime… yīn: water, earth, moon, femininity and nighttime… • The opposite forces are interconnected and interdependent with each other • lies at the origins of classical Chinese science and philosophy, traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese martial arts. Classic taoist Taijitu 阴(yīn) and 阳(yáng)
  17. 17. měi 美 beautiful
  18. 18. nán 男 man,male
  19. 19. cǎi 采 to pick
  20. 20. zǎo 早 morning, early
  21. 21. kàn 看 look
  22. 22. yǒu 有 to have, to own
  23. 23. shì 是 yes, to be
  24. 24. duō 多 many, much
  25. 25. qù 去 to go to, to leave for
  26. 26. bǐ 笔 pen
  27. 27. nín 您 You (respectful)

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