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Character etymology for newbie "Pretty Clothes" 你

Posted by mandarinboy September 12, 2008 in the Group General Discussion .

Tags: newbie, character, etymology

I like the explanation for this character. It is so logical once you see it.

Character: 你

Pinyin: nǐ

Meaning: You

HSK level: 1 (basic)

Frequency: 38

Strokes: 7   

Radical part: 人 亻

Alternative shapes of radical: 人 亻

Radical meaning: man; people; mankind; someone

Stroke animation: (the strokes are drawn the direction the picture is tipping)



Stroke order: http://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/character-stroke-order.php?searchChinese=1&zi=%E4%BC%B1

Etymology: In the original form the right part where an pictograph of a balace loaded with equaly load on both sides. This is now simplified but we can still se the balancer and the load hanging down on each side. By adding the person radical we get something that balances and is about persons = you. An equal person( equal weight) to you self is another person. 

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