néng to be able to; to be capable of; ability

Made up of [ yuè moon; month radical 74, private; secret; selfish radical 28, spoon; ladle radical 21]

Note

Derived from ancient pictogram of a bear (animal), connection now lost
Number of strokes 10

Related characters


Using yuè : míng (bright) yǒu (have) qián (front) suí (Sui) gān (liver) qīng (green) péng (friend) péng (friend) jiāo (to glue) dǎn (the gall)
Using : qù (go) gōng (public) tái (typhoon) zhì (to arrive) me (what)
Using : tā (it) huā (flower) huà (to make into) sǐ (die) lǎo (venerable) cǐ (this) ne (and you?)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

常在河边走,哪能不湿鞋 cháng zài hé biān zǒu, nǎ néng bù shī xié People can't avoid the influence of the local environment
能者多劳 néng zhě duō láo Busy people are busy because they are capable
人各有能有不能 rén gè yǒu néng yǒu bù néng Everyone has their own particular set of skills
熟能生巧 shú néng shēng qiǎo With practice one can learn the skill
水能载舟,亦能覆舟 shuǐ néng zài zhōu, yì néng fù zhōu Forces and people can have positive and negative influences
有钱能使鬼推磨 yǒu qián néng shǐ guǐ tuī mò Money can buy you anything
Fish for good fortune

Fish for good fortune

Culture

Fish ( ) have been a frequently used symbol for good fortune for centuries. This is because means ?surplus; abundance? and so a picture of a fish is a wish for prosperity. They are often eaten at Chinese New Year partly as a symbol for a wish for abundance in the coming year.
Chinese proverb

Proverb

Jiǔ niú maó [jiu niu yi mao]
nine ox one hair
Nine cows are missing just one hair
An insignificant amount. A trivial matter.
A drop in the ocean
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