lìng to order; to command; an order

Number of strokes 5

Sounds same

lìng (other)

Different tone

líng (zero) líng (mound) líng (age) lǐng (neck)

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Traditional and Simplified

Traditional and Simplified


When you start learning Chinese you soon across the fact that there are two written forms still in use, the simplified form used in China and the old, traditional form still used in Taiwan, Hong Kong and other overseas Chinese communities. With 4,000 years of use the written Chinese language has many archaic features. On formation of the Peoples Republic an ambition reform programme of the script was instigated which has made the learning of the characters far easier.
Year of the ...

Year of the ...


Most people are familiar with the twelve years and their animals. Chinese astrology places emphasis on the year of birth rather than the month of birth and so all people born in a particular year share some characteristics. Even to this day couples have delayed the birth of a child so it would fall in a 'lucky' year.
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