fù 'left ear'; 'right of mound'

Note

Called the 'left-ear' radical as it looks like an ear but nothing to do with hearing. Originally picture of steps leading down from a mound.
Number of strokes 2

Radical

Index 170 used in: jì (border) ; líng (mound) ; xiǎn (danger) ; suí (Sui) ; yuàn (courtyard) ; á (what?) ; zǔ (to hinder) ; fáng (to protect)

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Sounds same

fù (woman) fù (father) fù (rich) fù (place)

Different tone

fū (husband) fú (blessing) fú (good fortune) fú (not)

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

Writing Chinese phonetically

Because the Chinese language is character not phonetically based it is hard to write down Chinese with a Western alphabet A-Z. British scholars Wade and Giles made a creditable attempt at the end of the 19th century but it had some glaring problems. Perhaps because it was a 'foreign' system the new Peoples Republic set about creating their own system - pinyin, which seems only fair. The repercussion is however that old books use the Wade Giles system and modern ones Pinyin. Some web sites use a mixture if they are referring to historical events. It is still the case that if you want to read about Chinese history you should be broadly familiar with Wade-Giles.
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Chinese proverb

Proverb

西
Dōng bēn xī zǒu [dong ben xi zou]
east hasten west walk
Busy everywhere
Be busy; bustling about
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