shǒu head; chief; classifier for poems, songs etc

Made up of [ from; self; oneself radical 132]

Note

A picture of a head with nose and hair prominent
Number of strokes 9

Related characters

Sounds same

shǒu (hand) shǒu (hand)

Different tone

shòu (to receive)

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Pronunciation

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

Chinese dialects

It is often thought that the Chinese language is the same all other China. There are however many distinct Chinese languages that are written the same but pronounced differently. The main language groups: Wu (Zhejiang) 77 million; Yue (Guangdong/ Guangxi/ Overseas) also known as Cantonese; Min (Fujian/ Guangdong/ Taiwan) 60 million; Jin (Shaanxi/ Shanxi/ Inner Mongolia) 45 million; Xiang (Hunan) 36 million; Hakka (Guangdong/ Overseas) 31 million; Gan (Jiangxi) 30 million; Hui (Zhejiang/Anhui) 3 million; and Ping (Guangxi) 2 million. The large emigration of people from Fujian and Guangdong has given Yue (Cantonese); Min (Hokkien) and Hakka a worldwide distribution.
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