儿 ér child
Made up of [儿 ér
Alternative traditional form
of character: 兒
NoteThe character has been recently reduced to just a pair of legs, indicating a toddler
Using 儿 ér
: 先 xiān (first) 元 yuán (primary) 光 guāng (light) 克 kè (to be able to) 兔 tù (rabbit) 见 jiàn (see) 兄 xiōng (elder brother) 真 zhēn (really) 免 miǎn (to escape)
Sounds same儿 ér (legs)
而 ér (as well as)
Different tone耳 ěr (ear)
尔 ěr (thus)
二 èr (two)
Stroke order for character 儿, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license ➚
儿行千里母担忧 ér xíng qiān lǐ mǔ dān yōu
When children travel far from home, mothers never stop worrying.
也要马儿好,也要马儿不吃草 yě yaò mǎ ér haǒ, yě yaò mǎ ér bù chī caǒ
To prosper you must make compromises, you can not have it all your own way
一步一个脚印儿 yī bù yī gè jiǎo yìnr
Work steadily one step at a time in order to make solid progress
One of the disappointing facts about China has been the apparent race to be the number one country for cigarette smoking. The current statistic is that the each adult in China smokes an average of 6 cigarettes a day putting the country as number 9 - below Russia on a per capita basis but due to China's population that puts the country on top of the table for total tobacco consumption. That for the year 2009 amounts to 2,640,000,000,000 cigarettes (yes 2.64 trillion!). About 60% of men smoke but only 4% of women in China.
Government efforts to curb smoking have not been entirely successful. Restaurants and other enclosed places had a ban some years ago. Now (November 2016) the government is enacting legislation to ban smoking in most public places. A fine of 500 yuan can be imposed for smoking in public parks, near children and near historic monuments.
It is likely that the new law will be widely flouted until the ban is combined with public health campaign to convince the 300 million smokers to give up. Personally speaking I have become so sensitive to smoke that I find it unpleasant when wafted on the breeze from a hundred yards away, so traveling in China can be rather tricky.
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bright spear easy hide, dark arrow difficult defend
It is easy to dodge a spear from in front; but hard to avoid an arrow from behind
It is difficult to guard against furtive attacks
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