劳 láo to toil; labor; laborer
Made up of [力 lì
radical 19, 艹 cǎo
radical 140, 冖 mì
NoteThe original pictograph was a person laboring inside under the light of many fires. The original 'fires' have become 'grass' but maintain the implication of hard work
Using 力 lì
: 男 nán (male) 动 dòng (to use) 功 gōng (accomplishment) 另 lìng (other) 历 lì (to experience) 为 wèi (do)
Using 艹 cǎo
: 花 huā (flower) 茶 chá (tea) 英 yīng (flower) 菜 cài (vegetable) 猫 māo (cat) 草 cǎo (grass) 满 mǎn (to fill) 前 qián (front) 艺 yì (skill) 苦 kǔ (bitter) 懂 dǒng (to understand)
Using 冖 mì
: 写 xiě (write) 愛 ài (love) 免 miǎn (to escape)
Different tone老 lǎo (venerable)
耂 lǎo (old)
能者多劳 néng zhě duō láo
Busy people are busy because they are capable
Once you know the numbers 1 to 12 it is easy to understand the date and time in Chinese.
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