sì four

Made up of [ box; bag radical 23, eight; 8 radical 12]

Note

A square area divided into four parts, it has the division character in the middle
Number of strokes 5

Related characters


Using : yī (doctor)
Using : fēn (divide) gōng (public) qí (his) liù (six) gòng (common) xīng (prosper) xué (cave) dài (to respect)

Sounds same

sì (snake) sì (to run)

Different tone

sī (silk) sī (private) sī (silk) sī (to think) sǐ (die)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 四
Stroke order for character 四, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Provinces

四川 Sichuan

Cities

四平 Siping, Jilin

Proverbs

家徒四壁 jiā tú sì bì To be very poor
四面楚歌 sì miàn chǔ gē Ambushed from all sides. Under sustained attack

Phrases

四十五个人 sì shí wǔ gè rén 45 people
我们喝了四杯绿茶 wǒ ménhē lesì bēi lù chá We have drunk four cups of green tea

Writing Chinese phonetically

Because the Chinese language is character not phonetically based it is hard to write down Chinese with a Western alphabet A-Z. British scholars Wade and Giles made a creditable attempt at the end of the 19th century but it had some glaring problems. Perhaps because it was a 'foreign' system the new Peoples Republic set about creating their own system - pinyin, which seems only fair. The repercussion is however that old books use the Wade Giles system and modern ones Pinyin. Some web sites use a mixture if they are referring to historical events. It is still the case that if you want to read about Chinese history you should be broadly familiar with Wade-Giles.
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