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
Traditional and Simplified

Traditional and Simplified

Language

When you start learning Chinese you soon across the fact that there are two written forms still in use, the simplified form used in China and the old, traditional form still used in Taiwan, Hong Kong and other overseas Chinese communities. With 4,000 years of use the written Chinese language has many archaic features. On formation of the Peoples Republic an ambition reform programme of the script was instigated which has made the learning of the characters far easier.
Dragons, master of rain and water

Dragons, master of rain and water

Culture

The Chinese dragon is no fire-breathing monster, in China they are regarded as powerful but benevolent. As dragons are masters of rain, water and sea they need to be brought on your side if you want a good harvest, and so they need suitable offerings. The Dragon boat festival held near midsummer is when everyone used to seek to placate the dragon kings.
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