wén to hear; news; well-known

Made up of [ mén entrance; gate radical 169, ěr ear radical 128]
Alternative traditional form of character:


Gives the idea of an ear at a gateway - hence 'listen, hear'; 'men' 'gateway' also suggests pronunciation
Number of strokes 9

Related characters

Using mén : mén (s) wèn (ask) rùn (leap) xián (to stay idle) jiàn (gap)
Using ěr : qǔ (to take) cōng (quick at hearing)

Sounds same

wén (script)

Different tone

wèn (ask)

< Previous wén Next wèn >


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百闻不如一见 bǎi wén bù rú yí jiàn Delighted to meet you
闻风丧胆 wén fēng sàng dǎn Panic stricken. Terrified by news
How to write Chinese characters

How to write Chinese characters


Many Chinese spend a great deal of time studying calligraphy. To be able to write (or more accurately draw) Chinese characters requires lots of practise as well as knowing both the brush strokes and the order in which to make them.
Chinese proverb


Lè jí shēng bēi [le ji sheng bei]
joy extreme produce sorrow
After extreme joy will come sorrow
All good things must come to an end
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