kàn look

Made up of [ eye radical 109, shǒu hand ]

Note

Combines a hand and eye as if gazing into the distance
Number of strokes 9

Related characters


Using : dé (virtue) xiāng (each other) pàn (to hope for) jīng (eye) dùn (shield) zhí (straight) mào (to emit)
Using shǒu : zuǒ (left) yòu (right) zhǎng (palm of the hand)

Different tone

kān (to print) kǎn (open box) kǎn (Water) kǎn

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

看风使舵 kàn fēng shǐ duò Not sticking to the big plan. A fickle mind
杀鸡给猴看 shā jī gěi hóu kàn To punish somebody as a lesson and warning to others
我看见我忘记,我听见我记住,我做我了解 wǒ kàn jiàn wǒ wàng jì, wǒ tīng jiàn wǒ jì zhù, wǒ zuò wǒ liǎo jiě You learn only by trying it, not by just observing or talking about it
走马看花 zǒu mǎ kàn huā To take a cursory look at something. Smug
Mon 14th May

Ten years on from the Sichuan earthquake

The devastating earthquake of May 12th 2008 was China's worst natural disaster in recent years. Nearly 90,000 people were killed - a huge number compared to many more high profile disasters (30 times the loss in the 9/11 attacks). It occurred in a rural area north-west of Sichuan's provincial capital Chengdu in the afternoon. Among the dead were up to 5,000 students. Many blamed the poor quality of the buildings which had been hastily constructed. Criticism of the government's role was suppressed and some feel that they never received adequate explanations.

China is very prone to earthquakes and holds the dubious honor of the most loss of life anywhere in the world. In 1976 the Tangshan earthquake, Hebei cost 650,000 people's lives but the worst still was 830,000 lives lost in 1556. The country is geologically diverse, made up of a mosaic of small tectonic plates that occasionally slip and slide against each other.


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