zì from; self; oneself

Note

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

Radical

Index 132 used in: shǒu (head)

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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 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
Chinese proverb

Proverb

饼充饥
Huà bǐng chōng jī [hua bing chong ji]
draw biscuit fill hunger
Drawing a biscuit to satisfy hunger
To make a foolish and ineffective attempt
Great Inventions

Great Inventions

Culture

The four great Chinese inventions are considered to be: paper; printing; compass and gunpowder. Other key inventions include the abacus, iron casting, pasta, silk etc.. However the production of paper and then printing must be considered the most important of these.
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