wèi not yet; did not; have not

Note

The addition of an extra line to 'tree' suggests the growing tip and by extension something in progress of growing, giving the abstract notion of 'not yet'
Number of strokes 5

Sounds same

wèi (do) wèi (position)

Different tone

wéi (proud) wéi (to preserve)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

迟开的花未必不香 chí kāi de huā wèi bì bú xiāng Success late in life is still success
空穴来风未必无因 kōng xuè lái féng wèi bì wú yīn There are always clues that something is about to happen
乳臭未干 rǔ chòu wèi gān Infantile and immature
乳臭未干 rǔ chòu wèi gān Young and inexperienced
未雨绸缪 wèi yǔ chóu móu Plan ahead, be prepared
羽毛未丰 yǔ maó wèi fēng Still too young and immature
Wed 10th Jan

The long cold trek to school

A distressing story of harsh life in the provinces has moved many hearts on Chinese social media.

Wang Fuman walked the 3 miles to school in the freezing cold dressed only in thin clothes. He is one of the millions of 'left-behind' children who live in villages. Both his parents have moved away to work in the cities and so he is looked after by an older sister and his grandmother. Cold weather in Yunnan province can be fierce but is not as common as elsewhere in China.


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