sī private; secret; selfish

Note

A picture of a nose. Pointing to one's nose indicates 'self'.
Number of strokes 2

Radical

Index 28 used in: qù (go) ; gōng (public) ; néng (to be able to) ; tái (typhoon) ; zhì (to arrive) ; me (what)

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Sounds same

sī (silk) sī (silk) sī (to think)

Different tone

sǐ (die) sì (four) sì (snake) sì (to run)

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

Passing the Dragon Gate

The importance of the Imperial examinations in dynastic China was such that many metaphors arose about them. Passing the Dragon gate was one such term. The idea was based on a folk tale of how a lowly carp became a dragon when it succeeded in braving the rapids of the Yellow River at Dragon Gate. The rigors of study were likened to the struggles of migrating fish jumping up waterfalls. Success in examination was associated with carp, and successful candidates would buy their ticket home in Carp Street near the Examination Hall in Beijing.
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Chinese proverb

Proverb

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Luó bo bái cài, gè yǒu suǒ ài [luo bo bai cai, ge you suo ai]
radish cabbage, each have place fond
Some prefer radish while others like cabbage
Everyone has their own preferences
Each to his own
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