le 'completed'


Number of strokes 2

Different tone

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

蜡烛照亮别人,却毁灭了自己 là zhú zhào liàng bié rén, què huǐ miè le zì jǐ Helping others at the cost of not helping yourself
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
眼泪救不了火 yǎn lèi jiù bù liǎo huǒ Decisive action is needed in a crisis not regrets
远水救不了近火 yuǎn shuǐ jiǔ bù liaǒ huǒ There is no point in waiting for far off help. Get to it and solve the problem now

Phrases

买了 mǎi le bought
他去那儿了 tā qù nà r le Where has he gone?
走了 zǒu le walked
喝了 hē le drunk

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Imperial servants - the eunuchs

Imperial servants - the eunuchs

History

For over two thousand years the Chinese Emperor was served by a large number of Imperial servants who had castrated as young boys. With no possibility of having children themselves they were seen as having more loyalty to the Emperor than the Emperor's often scheming family. Some eunuchs became fabulously rich as a result of their total control of access to the Emperor.
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