xiān first; before

Made up of [ ér legs radical 10]

Note

Consists of a small plant on top of legs and has the meaning of 'advance' and hence be first
Number of strokes 6

Related characters


Using ér : ér (child) yuán (primary) guāng (light) kè (to be able to) tù (rabbit) jiàn (see) xiōng (elder brother) zhēn (really) miǎn (to escape)

Sounds same

xiān (fresh)

Different tone

xián xián (to stay idle) xiǎn (danger) xiàn (to appear)

< Previous xiān Next xián >

Pronunciation

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People

李先念 Li Xiannian

Proverbs

笨鸟先飞早入林 bèn niǎo xiān fēi zǎo rù lín It is important to be early to achieve success
恶人先告状 è rén xiān gàozhuàng The perpetrator diverts attention by being the first to complain
捷足先登 jié zú xiān dēng To succeed need to start off first
先下手为强 xiān xià shǒu wéi qiáng To gain the upper hand by striking first

Phrases

先生 xiān shēng Mr.
Tue 28th Mar

Marrying the estate agent

China has for for many years had strict residence laws. If you want to live in the big cities you have to apply for a permit. An enterprising Shanghai property agent has made use of a loophole that is surely soon to be closed. You can get a residency permit if you marry someone with a permit and then get divorced. A man, we only know by family name Wang, has used this trick four times to sell property to women who would not otherwise be allowed to stay in the city. The woman were willing to pay about $9,000 for the residence permit.


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