dāng to be; to act as; manage

Made up of [ xiǎo small; young radical 42, snout radical 58]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Related characters

Using xiǎo : shǎo (less) shàng (still) sūn (grandson)
Using : fù (woman) guī (to return)

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stroke order for 当
Stroke order for character 当, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license


臭不可当 chòu bù kě dāng To give off an unbearable stink
当局者迷,旁观者清 dāng jú zhě mí, páng guān zhě qīng If too closely involved may not see all the issues objectively
宁做鸡头,不当凤尾 nìng zuò jītóu, bù dāng fèng wěi Better to be leader of a humble organization than the stooge of a grand one
死马当活马医 sǐ mǎ dāng huó mǎ yī Persevering when it is already too late. A lost cause.
Chinese proverb


fēn qián, fēn huò [yi fen qian, yi fen huo]
one penny, one portion goods
With only a penny you can't buy much
You cant buy something for nothing
You get what you pay for
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Why do we call the country of China 'China'? It is not the name used by the Chinese people themselves. In fact there are a number of names used in the 'Middle Kingdom' that reflect the country's rich cultural and historic heritage.
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