xiǎo small; young

Note

Division of a small object indicating smallness

Radical

Index 42 used in: shǎo (less) ; dāng (to be) ; shàng (still) ; sūn (grandson)

< Previous radical 41 cùn Next radical 43 wāng >

Different tone

xiào (smile) xiào (filial piety or obedience) xiào (school) xiào (effect)

< Previous xiàng Next xiào >

Pronunciation

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

People

邓小平 Deng Xiaoping

Proverbs

雷声大,雨点小 léi shēng dà, yǔ diǎn xiǎo Overly portentous. Reality did not match expectation
麻雀虽小,五脏俱全 má què suī xiǎo, wǔ zàng jù quán A person is a person regardless of size. Complete in every detail
小洞不补,大洞吃苦 xiǎo dòng bù bǔ, dà dòng chī kǔ Do not put off taking action to put things right
小题大作 xiaǒ tí dà zuò Procrastination and exaggeration

Phrases

小姐 xiǎo jiě Miss

Opium

The import of opium from India had a devastating effect on China. Although opium had been graown and used in China for centuries the import of huge quantities of the British controlled trade into Guangdong proved far more addicitive. It was the government officials who were most affected and even Dowager Empress Cixi used opium. Attempts to stop the trade led to two wars with Britain which China lost.
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Hot and cold foods

The Chinese have always put importance on balancing foods in meals that goes back to the concept of yin and yang. According to tradition 'hot' and 'cold' refers not to temperature but the property of the food. Obviously chillies are hot and bananas are cold. Less obviously beef and chocolate sweets are considered 'hot' while pears and shrimps are 'cold'. A good dish and a good meal will seek to balance hot and cold ingredients.
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