ěr ear

Note

Picture of an ear, now idealized and straightened
Number of strokes 6

Radical

Index 128 used in: qǔ (to take) ; wén (to hear) ; cōng (quick at hearing)

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Sounds same

ěr (thus)

Different tone

ér (child) ér (legs) ér (as well as) èr (two)

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

Proverbs

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

Concubines

In Imperial China a man would marry one woman but he could also take concubines. They acted as a subordinate class of women under the control of the wife. However, if a concubine produced children these were treated just the same as the wife's children. Dowager Empress Cixi was the most famous concubine.
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Mon 19th Feb

The year of the Pekingese dog

With many people still celebrating the Spring Festival and the start of the Year of the Dog, I came across a piece describing the decline of what was the most famous breed of dog in China. The Pekingese were Dowager Empress Cixi's favorite dog and she kept hundreds. They were bred to look like tiny lions rather than dogs and Cixi kept them as lap dogs. They were given marble kennels in the Forbidden City and rested on silk cushions. Imperial eunuchs looked after the dogs and they were given the choicest meat and rice. As part of the spoils of the sacking of the Summer Palace in the Opium Wars (1860) one Pekingese dog was sent back to Queen Victoria which she kept as a pet called 'Looty'.

In China the Pekingese breed is not now popular, people now prefer poodles and other breeds. The small, local population is now considered so inbred that Chinese are looking to bring back Pekingese from overseas to re-invigorate the breed.


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