shǎo less; few

Made up of [ xiǎo small; young radical 42, 丿 piě 'slash' radical 4]

Note

A cut stroke added to the character for 'small' makes it even smaller
Number of strokes 4

Related characters


Using xiǎo : dāng (to be) shàng (still) sūn (grandson)
Using 丿 piě : hū (at) nǎi (to be) shī (to lose) wù (do not) yì (justice) lè (music) zhī (him) zú (clan) jiǔ (long time) me (what) dì (younger brother) wù (fifth (ordinal))

Different tone

sháo (spoon)

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Pronunciation

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

People

刘少奇 Liu Shaoqi

Proverbs

少见多怪 shaǒ jiàn duō guài Unsettled by a new environment
笑一笑,十年少 xiào yī xiào, shí nián shào Happiness is the best cosmetic

Phrases

多少 duō shǎo how much
你要多少瓶葡萄酒 nǐ yào duō shǎo píng pú táo jiǔ You want how many bottles of wine?

Green or black?

Green tea is the variety mainly drunk in China, it has a more subtle favor. Milk is not used and it is considered altogther a healthier drink. On the otherhand black tea is drunk in elsewhere, it has a stronger, more bitter flavor. It used to be grown in China but production moved to British India to avoid Chinese taxes. Green is the fresher tea, it turns black when 'oxidized' by exposure to warm air. The reason black tea is used outside China is that black tea keeps its flavor far longer than green. This was vital when tea was transported by long sea voyage and would take months to arrive, even on the fastest tea clippers.
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How to write Chinese characters

How to write Chinese characters

Language

Many Chinese spend a great deal of time studying calligraphy. To be able to write (or more accurately draw) Chinese characters requires lots of practise as well as knowing both the brush strokes and the order in which to make them.
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