nǎi milk

Made up of [ female; woman radical 38, nǎi to be; thus; so ]

Note

A picture combining woman and swollen breasts and abdomen (also phonetic) to give idea of mother's breast milk

Related characters


Using : hǎo (good) ān (peace) nǚ (woman) tā (she) jiě (elder sister) fù (woman) mèi (younger sister) rú (as) shǐ (to begin) mā (mother) ǎi (low) yào (want) gū (paternal aunt) xìng (surname) lóu (multi-story building)

Sounds same

nǎi (to be)

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Pronunciation

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Chinese Dark Age

Historians like to see parallels when comparing world history. The Qin-Han dynasties from 221BCE to 220CE is contemporay with the Roman Empire 27BCE to 284CE and the fall of the Han like the fall of Rome brought in a long period of chaos and disunity. In Europe the Dark Ages were longer and deeper than in China. Chinese language and traditions hung on in patches and knowledge was never completely lost. China quickly refound its own strength on re-unification under the Sui dynasty 581CE. So in China the Dark Ages lasted 360 years, in Europe they are considered to have lasted over 500 years.
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Chinese proverb

Proverb

脸,
Rén yaò liǎn, shù yaò pí [ren yao lian, shu yao pi]
person must have face, tree must have skin
Keeping a good reputation is as essential as bark is to a tree
Reputation ('face') is important to maintain at all costs
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