wèn ask

Made up of [ mén entrance; gate radical 169, kǒu mouth radical 30]
Similar looking characters : jiàn (gap)
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

A representation of a 'mouth' at a 'gateway' or entrance to a house suggesting a question asked in greeting
Number of strokes: 6

Related characters


Also uses mén component: jiàn (gap) jiān (between) mén (s) rùn (leap) wén (to hear) xián (to stay idle)
Also uses kǒu component: bā (supposition or suggestion) chàng (to sing) chāo (to exceed) chī (to eat) chuán (boat) fēi (coffee) fù (rich) fú (good fortune) gào (to tell) gè (each) gōng (palace) gǒu (dog) gǔ (ancient) hāi (sound of sighing) hào (name) hé (to close) hé (together) hē (drink) hēng (prosperous) hòu (behind) huí (to circle) huò (maybe) jí (lucky) jiào (called) jīng (capital) jiù (fault) jù (sentence) jú (office) jūn (monarch) kā (coffee) kě (can) lìng (other) mǎ (?) mìng (life) míng (name) ne (and you?) pí (hops) pǐn (article) rú (as) shàng (still) shì (matter) shǐ (history) suī (although) tái (typhoon) táng (Tang) tīng (to listen) tóng (same) xǐ (to be fond of) xiōng (elder brother) yǎo (to bite) yòu (right) yǔ (language) yuán (person) yuē (to speak) zhān (to observe) zhī (to know) zhī (one) zhōu (surname Zhou) zú (foot)

Different tone

wén (script) wén (to hear)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

不耻下问 bù chǐ xià wèn There is no shame in asking help of those less fortunate
明知故问 míng zhī gù wèn To ask a question when already knowing the answer

Phrases

qǐng wèn nǐ jiào shén me What is your name?

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