shēn body; life; oneself

Note

Originally a picture of a pregnant woman but now extended to mean body in general
Number of strokes 7

Radical

Index 158 used in: shè (to shoot) ; tǎng (to recline)

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Sounds same

shēn (to extend)

Different tone

shén (god) shén (what)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

身临其境 shēn lín qí jìng To be present at a location. A witness to an event
身体力行 shēn tǐ lì xíng Following the advice given oneself
羊毛出在羊身上 yáng maó chū zài yáng shēn shàng Unrealistic expectations. You get what you pay for

Also

护身符 hù shēn fú amulet
Chinese proverb

Proverb

,往低处流
Rén wǎng gāo chù zǒu, shuǐ wǎng dī chù liú [ren wang gao chu zou, shui wang di chu liu]
person towards high place walk, water towards low place flow
A person moves up while water always trickles down
There is always scope for improvement by struggle
Practice makes perfect
Year of the ...

Year of the ...

Culture

Most people are familiar with the twelve years and their animals. Chinese astrology places emphasis on the year of birth rather than the month of birth and so all people born in a particular year share some characteristics. Even to this day couples have delayed the birth of a child so it would fall in a 'lucky' year.
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