ài love

Made up of [ zhuǎ claw radical 87, cover; crown radical 14, yǒu friend ]

Note

Originally comprised 'breath' and 'heart' combined with gracious movement. The simplified form replaces 'heart' with two 'hand's so suggests close friendship rather than love
Number of strokes 10

Related characters


Using zhuǎ : shòu (to receive)
Using : xiě (write) láo (to toil) miǎn (to escape)

Different tone

ǎi (low)

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Culture

Traditional Chinese Opera was the entertainment of all Chinese over many centuries. A long evening performance contains elements of drama, music, comedy, acrobatics and martial arts. Each region has its own distinctive form. Over time complex movements have been given specific meanings as a very sparse set is used open on three sides. The art form has inspired many Western composers to emulate the style.
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