wài outside; in addition; foreign

Made up of [ sunset; evening radical 36, divination; prophesy radical 25]

Note

Consists of 'evening' and 'divination', as divination was only carried out durign the day this gives the meaning of something unusual, foreign or 'outside' normality
Number of strokes 5

Related characters


Using : yè (night) suì (year) míng (name) duō (many) duō (many)
Using : zhuō (table) zhān (to observe)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

家丑不可外扬 jiā chǒu bù kě wài yáng Keep family problems within the family
节外生枝 jié wài shēng zhī New problems pop up unexpectedly
月到中秋分外明, 每逢佳节倍思亲 yuè dào zhōng qiū fèn wài míng, měi féng jiā jié bèi sī qīn Longing to see family far away
Song dynasty

Song dynasty

History

The Song dynasty is a period of Chinese refinement and peace rather than military prowess. Great strides were taken in the creative arts and literature. Prosperity from the growing trade by sea rather than overland fueled the building of huge cities. The eventual conquest by the Mongol hordes brought the dynasty to a tragic close.

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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