Following on from my previous post about Chinese characters, I’d like to teach you all a few more. They aren’t as difficult as you think!
Let’s start with this one…
門 = door/gate
This character reminds me of two swing doors, like in a Western movie! It definitely makes it easy to remember that it means door or gate.
水 = water
The Chinese character for water looks a bit like a river flowing between two banks, don’t you think? (I will admit that the ‘font’ used in this one makes it look a bit tenuous…)
東 = East
The character for East reminds me of one of those old projector screens that we used to use with an OHP (overhead projector). Or maybe an easel?
車 = vehicle, car
This character very much reminds me of what it represents. It looks like a cross-section of a car, with the vertical line representing the axle, the two wheels in cross-section at the top and bottom, and the motor in the middle.
口 = mouth, opening
Definitely one of the simplest characters here, it even looks like an opening.
日 = day, Sun
A mouth with a line through it is the Sun, and is also used to represent a day.
山 = mountain, hill
This one looks like a mountain in overall shape, or three very skinny hills(?). Unsurprisingly, it’s used all over Hong Kong, as there are so many hills and mountains!
And finally, a pair of characters that you also see everywhere:
出口 = exit
Quite why exit is symbolised by two mountains and an opening, I don’t know. But it is.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed learning some more Chinese characters! You never know when they will come in useful!
Thanks for reading!