jiàn arrow

Made up of [ zhú bamboo radical 118, qián front; forward; ahead ]

Note

The 'qian' suggests the sound while 'bamboo' is what they were made from
Number of strokes 15

Related characters


Using zhú : bǐ (pen) suàn (calculate) xiào (smile) dì (ordinal (1st,2nd))
Using qián : jiǎn (scissors)

Sounds same

jiàn (healthy) jiàn (see) jiàn jiàn (to establish) jiàn (gap)

Different tone

jiān (narrow) jiān (difficult) jiǎn (scissors)

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Proverbs

箭在弦上,不得不发 jiàn zài xián shàng, bù dé bù fā Things have reached a point when something must be done
明枪易躲,暗箭难防 míng qiāng yì duǒ, àn jiàn nán fáng It is difficult to guard against furtive attacks

Chinese Language

Such an ancient language as Chinese has inevitably gathered very many characters and words that have histories going back hundred of years - far longer than any other currently spoken language. However the structure of Chinese language is quite easy to pick up and continues to be a source of fascination.
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qì steam; vapor

Made up of [ shuǐ water radical 85, qì gas; spirit; emanation; energy radical 84]

Origin

Qi as 'gas' provides the phonetic and meaning, the water radical makes it specifically water vapor or steam
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