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棒棒麵 (bàng bàng miàn)

Posted by bodawei October 26, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: characters

Isn't this a cool character? But is it real?  (I got this off Wikipaedia tonight).  

biang

Phonetic substitution

Made up of 57 strokes, the Chinese character "biáng" is one of the most complex Chinese characters in contemporary usage, although the character is not found in modern dictionaries or even in the Kangxi dictionary. Because the Chinese character for "biáng" cannot be entered into computers, phonetic substitutes like 棒棒麵 (bàng bàng miàn) or 梆梆麵 (bāng bāng miàn) are often used.

 

Mnemonics

There are a number of ditties familiar to Shaanxi residents used as mnemonics to aid recall of how the character is written.  One version runs as follows:

Trad.
Chinese

Simp.
Chinese

Pinyin

English translation

一點上了天

一点上了天

yì diǎn shàng le tiān

A dot rises up to heaven,

黃河兩道彎

黄河两道弯

huáng hé liǎng dào wān

and the yellow river has two bends.

八字大張口

八字大张口

bā zì dà zhāng kǒu

The character "eight" (八) opens its mouth,

言字往進走

言字往进走

yán zì wǎng jìn zǒu

and the character "speak" (言) walks in.

你一扭 我一扭

你一扭 我一扭

nǐ yī niǔ, wǒ yī niǔ

You make a twist, I make a twist,

你一長 我一長

你一长 我一长

nǐ yī zhǎng, wǒ yī zhǎng

you grow, I grow,

當中加個馬大王

当中加个马大王

dāng zhōng jiā ge mǎ dà wáng

and we add a horse king in between.

心字底

心字底

xīn zì dǐ

The character "heart" (心) forms the base,

月字旁

月字旁

yuè zì páng

the character "moon" (月) stands at the side,

留個釣搭挂麻糖

留个钓搭挂麻糖

liú ge diào dā guà má táng

a hook at the right to hang sesame candies,

坐著車車逛咸陽

坐着车车逛咸阳

zuò zhe chē chē guàng xián yáng

and we ride a carriage to tour the streets ofXianyang.

 

 

 

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