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: 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 An eye 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

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