gàn do; shield; to concern


Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

A picture of a shield
Number of strokes 3

Radical

Index 51 used in: hàn (perspiration) ; gān (liver) ; gān (pole) ; gǎn (to overtake) ; àn (bank) ; kān (to print) ; nián (year)

< Previous radical 50 jīn Next radical 52 yāo >

Different tone

gān (pleasant) gān (liver) gān (pole) gǎn (to overtake)

< Previous gǎn Next gāng >

Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

干活不由东累死也无功 gàn huó bú yóu dōng lèi sǐ yě wú gōng Only work on what is needed to be done
乳臭未干 rǔ chòu wèi gān Infantile and immature
乳臭未干 rǔ chòu wèi gān Young and inexperienced

Common language

Because written Chinese characters are not phonetic it is possible to pronounce the same character in many different ways. This is how the different Chinese languages have developed. Even though Mandarin is the pre-eminent one, Cantonese, Wu and others are spoken by many millions, and yet the remarkable thing is that they can intercommunicate by just writing down what they say - because the written form is the same.
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