bàn half; semi-; incomplete

Made up of [ shí ten; 10 radical 24]

Note

The character shows the division an ox into two along its length
Number of strokes 5

Related characters


Using shí : dé (virtue) gǔ (ancient) zài (to carry) mài (sell) shén (what) zhī (to support) dùn (shield) zhí (straight) zǎo (early)

Sounds same

bàn (to act)

Different tone

bǎn (board) bǎn (a register)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

半斤八两 bàn jīn bā liǎng Makes no difference; nothing to choose between alternatives
半途而废 bàn tú ér fèi To abandon work half way through
事倍功半 shì bèi gōng bàn Work with care rather than speed

Also

半年节 bàn nián jié Half Year Festival
Chinese proverb

Proverb

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Rén bù kě mào xiàng, hǎi shuǐ bù kě dǒu liáng [ren bu ke mao xiang, hai shui bu ke dou liang]
person not judge appearance mutual, sea water not judge bucket measure
A person cannot be judged by appearance just as the sea cannot be measured with a bucket
First appearances can be deceptive
Judging a book by its cover
Wed 10th Jan

The long cold trek to school

A distressing story of harsh life in the provinces has moved many hearts on Chinese social media.

Wang Fuman walked the 3 miles to school in the freezing cold dressed only in thin clothes. He is one of the millions of 'left-behind' children who live in villages. Both his parents have moved away to work in the cities and so he is looked after by an older sister and his grandmother. Cold weather in Yunnan province can be fierce but is not as common as elsewhere in China.


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