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)

< Previous radical 130 ròu Next radical 133 zhì >

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 Language

Such an ancient language as Chinese has inevitably gathered very many characters and words that have histories going back hundred of years - far longer than any other currently spoken language. However the structure of Chinese language is quite easy to pick up and continues to be a source of fascination.
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Traditional and Simplified

Traditional and Simplified

Language

When you start learning Chinese you soon across the fact that there are two written forms still in use, the simplified form used in China and the old, traditional form still used in Taiwan, Hong Kong and other overseas Chinese communities. With 4,000 years of use the written Chinese language has many archaic features. On formation of the Peoples Republic an ambition reform programme of the script was instigated which has made the learning of the characters far easier.
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