nián year

Made up of [ gàn do; shield; to concern radical 51, 丿 piě 'slash' radical 4]

Note

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

Related characters


Also uses gàn component: àn (bank) gǎn (to overtake) gān (pole) gān (liver) hàn (perspiration) kān (to print)
Also uses 丿 piě component: dì (younger brother) hū (at) jiǔ (nine) jiǔ (long time) lè (music) me (what) nǎi (to be) shǎo (less) shēng (produce) shī (to lose) wù (fifth (ordinal)) wù (do not) wǔ (noon) yì (justice) zhī (him) zú (clan)

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

jīn nián This year
míng nián Next year

Also

半年节 Bàn nián jié Half Year Festival

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