尔 ěr thus; so; like that
Alternative traditional form
of character: 爾
Number of strokes 5
Sounds same耳 ěr (ear)
Different tone儿 ér (child)
儿 ér (legs)
而 ér (as well as)
二 èr (two)
Ordos, Inner Mongolia
Klemens Freiherr von Ketteler
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