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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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

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.
Wed 15th Feb

Honest students can still be found

All too often the news is full of stories of shady dealing in China, so it was refreshing to learn that honesty can still be found and that it is appreciated. A 17 year old student accidentally scratched the side of a car and damaged a wing mirror. Instead of disappearing at a rate of knots, he chose to write a letter of apology and enclosed all the loose change he had. When the driver returned to discover the damage he called the police. However, after reading the note and seeing the small change he decided that honesty should be rewarded and the driver plans to give the student money towards completing his studies.


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