zì from; self; oneself

Made up of [ zhǔ dot radical 3, eye radical 109]

Note

In China one used to point to one's face to indicate 'oneself' so the character 'eye' is used with a dot on top
Number of strokes: 6

Radical

Index 132 used in: used in: shǒu (head) ; xià (summer)

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Related characters


Also uses zhǔ component: bái (bright) bàn (half) bīng (ice) dì (younger brother) duì (to cash) lì (beautiful) liáng (good) lìng (to order) pù (store) sháo (spoon) shù (method) sū (revive) tài (too) wèi (do) wū (crow) yì (justice) yóu (outstanding) yù (jade) zhōu (prefecture) zhù (to live) zhǔ (owner)
Also uses component: dé (virtue) dùn (shield) jīng (eye) kàn (look) mào (to emit) miàn (face) pàn (to hope for) suàn (calculate) xiāng (each other) zhí (straight)

Sounds same

zì (letter)

Different tone

zǐ (child)

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Pronunciation

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

Cities

自贡 Zigong, Sichuan

Proverbs

蜡烛照亮别人,却毁灭了自己 là zhú zhào liàng bié rén, què huǐ miè le zì jǐ Helping others at the cost of not looking after yourself
习惯成自然 xí guàn chéng zì rán Habit becomes engrained
自高自大 zì gāo zì dà Full of conceit and ego
自愧弗如 zì kuì fú rú Ashamed of oneself
自我陶醉 zì wǒ táo zuì Conceited and arrogant
自相矛盾 zì xiāng máo dùn To speak in contradictions

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