cōng quick at hearing; wise; clever

Made up of [ ěr ear radical 128, xīn heart radical 61]
Alternative traditional form of character:


The idea of clerness can be thought as coming from being quick after hearing, hence the 'ear' radical
Number of strokes 15

Related characters

Using ěr : qǔ (to take) wén (to hear)
Using xīn : dé (virtue) è (evil) nín (you (polite)) xiǎng (to think) yuàn (to hope) yì (idea) sī (to think) niàn (to read) dìng (how)

Different tone

cóng (from)

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Mandarin Chinese: The Rough Guide Phrasebook

book cover A well organised and useful phrasebook. Very useful for a business traveler or tourist. It has a dictionary of words and phrases with Chinese mandarin and characters as well as a shorter pinyin to English guide. This is followed by dialogue suggestions for common encounters: shopping, traveling and dining.
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Chinese proverb


Gù zuǒ yòu ér yán tā [gu zuo you er yan ta]
look at left and right sides but then talk him
Looking both ways and changing the subject
Avoiding talking about something; taking a long digression
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