hé what; how; why

Made up of [ rén Person (radical) radical 9, can; may; able to ]


The radical gives the idea of person, 'ke' supplies a rough phonetic

Related characters

Using rén : tā (he) huā (flower) mén (s) huà (to make into) wèi (position) yè (night) zhuàn (biography) zuò (to do) dài (replace) 亿 yì (100,000,000) nǐ (you) zhù (to live) fèn (portion) shén (what) gū (estimate) gōng (to provide) zhí (value) bǐng (both) rén (humane) chàng (to initiate) 仿 fǎng (to imitate) dǎo (fall) dàn (but) hòu (wait)
Using : á (what?) qí (strange) gē (elder brother) gē (elder brother)

Sounds same

hé (river) hé (together) hé (grain) hé (to close) hé (why)

Different tone

hē (drink)

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谈何容易 tán hé róng yì Not as easy as it seemed
有何不可 yǒu hé bù kě Anything may be possible

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Dragons, master of rain and water

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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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