nián year

Made up of [ gàn do; shield; to concern radical 51]

Note

Originally a representation of man carrying a sheaf of harvested grain but now much simplified
Number of strokes 6

Related characters


Using gàn : hàn (perspiration) gān (liver) gān (pole) gǎn (to overtake) àn (bank) kān (to print)

Different tone

廿 niàn (twenty) niàn (to read)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

度日如年 dù rì rú nián Time seems to pass very slowly
十年树木,百年树人 shí nián shù mù, bǎi nián shù rén Studying may be slow and arduous but will be worth it
笑一笑,十年少 xiào yī xiào, shí nián shào Happiness is the best cosmetic
学好三年,学坏三天 xué hǎo sān nián, xué huài sān tiān Falling into bad ways is far easier than keeping to the good

Phrases

今年 jīn nián this year
明年 míng nián next year

Also

半年节 Bàn nián jié Half Year Festival

Imperious Dragons

With the dragon dance and the dragon boat festival the Chinese dragon is still a common sight in China. Considered well-intentioned and not evil the dragons that control the rains have been the most important animal in Chinese symbolism for thousands of years.
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