zì from; self; oneself


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


Index 132 used in: shǒu (head)

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stroke order for 自
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自贡 Zigong, Sichuan


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 helping 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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