lā to pull; to drag; to draw

Made up of [ shǒu hand radical 64, stand; rise radical 117]
Similar looking characters : wèi (position)


The 'hand' radical helps with meaning and rough phonetic 'li' to stand
Number of strokes: 8

Related characters

Also uses shǒu component: bǎ (to hold) bàn (to act) bào (to hold) bào (to announce) dān (to undertake) gǎo (to do) jì (skill) qiú (to beat) tuī (to push) wǒ (I (me)) zhǎo (to try to find)
Also uses component: qīn (parent) tóng (boy servant) wèi (position) yīn (sound) zhàn (station)

Different tone

là (spicy)

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Although the Chinese abacus has been abandoned in favor of the digital calculator there are still many Chinese children still learning how to use the abacus at night classes. This is because the mental skills required to use an abacus are important in developing mental arithmetic. A recent competition to find the fastest brain for computing a sum was won by people who had learned the abacus. Once the skill is gained it is fairly easy to compute complex sums by imagining carrying it out on an abacus. You could see this by noting how the winner's fingers twitch while they are computing.
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