hěn very

Made up of [ chì step radical 60, gèn stubborn radical 138]

Note

Includes 'step' and a phonetic that means 'stubborn' on in its own and so suggests 'extreme' step needed to overcome stubbornness
Number of strokes 9

Related characters


Using chì : dé (get) dé (virtue) xíng (permitted) zhēng (journey)
Using gèn : gēn (heel) liáng (good) jiān (difficult)

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Pronunciation

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

Phrases

来中国我很高兴 lái zhōng guówǒ hěn gāo xīng I am delighted to be in China
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.
Chinese proverb

Proverb

视眈眈
Hǔ shì dān dān [hu shi dan dan]
tiger look at stare stare
A tiger's stare. To look very covetously
To eye enviously
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