wèn ask

Made up of [ mén entrance; gate radical 169, kǒu mouth radical 30]
Alternative traditional form of character:


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

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

Different tone

wén (script) wén (to hear)

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


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


请问你叫什么 qǐng wèn nǐ jiào shén me What is your name?
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