yǔ language; words

Made up of [ yán words radical 149, five; 5 , kǒu mouth radical 30]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Combination of 'speech'; 'five' and 'mouth' to give the concept of speech aming many people

Related characters


Using yán : huà (speech) dàn (birth) shuō (to speak) shéi (who) mí (riddle) xiè (thanks) qǐng (please) jì (to record) sù (to complain) 访 fǎng (to visit)
Using kǒu : yòu (right) hé (together) wèn (ask) jiào (called) 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) huí (to circle)

Sounds same

yǔ (rain) yǔ (to give)

Different tone

yú (fish) yú (fishing) yú (in) yù (jade) yù (jade)

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Chinese proverb

Proverb

Chòu bù kě dāng [chou bu ke dang]
smelly not can equal
Worst ever smell
To give off an unbearable stink

Chinese speakers

There are about twice as many Chinese speakers as English speakers in the world. Chinese is fast becoming the 'common' language in East Asia. As China becomes more important this trend is only likely to increase in the coming decades.
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