耳 ěr ear
NotePicture of an ear, now idealized and straightened
Number of strokes 6
Index 128 used in: 取 qǔ (to take)
; 闻 wén (to hear)
; 聪 cōng (quick at hearing)
Sounds same尔 ěr (thus)
Different tone儿 ér (child)
儿 ér (legs)
而 ér (as well as)
二 èr (two)
Stroke order for character 耳, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license ➚
耳目一新 ěr mù yī xīn
A change of place, everything fresh and new
掩耳盗铃 yǎn ěr daò líng
Failing to think things through. Taking a rash action without applying logic
Like many Imperial servants the great Ming explorer 'Zheng He'
was a eunuch
, not only that he was a Muslim too. He commanded the vast navy that went on a voyage of exploration in 1413-33 as far as Madagascar and Mecca. Read More
Green or black?
Green tea is the variety mainly drunk in China, it has a more subtle favor. Milk is not used and it is considered altogther a healthier drink. On the otherhand black tea is drunk in elsewhere, it has a stronger, more bitter flavor. It used to be grown in China but production moved to British India to avoid Chinese taxes. Green is the fresher tea, it turns black when 'oxidized' by exposure to warm air. The reason black tea is used outside China is that black tea keeps its flavor far longer than green. This was vital when tea was transported by long sea voyage and would take months to arrive, even on the fastest tea clippers. Read More
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