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This phrase combines the compound 本 (origin, foundation) with the building block 月 (moon). 本月 is very similar to 本日 (today: ben3 ri4). We can see in both of these phrases that the compound 本 can translate to “this”. Did you know that the traditional Chinese calendar measures months using lunar cycles? This is why we see the character 月 used here to mean “month”.


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This is a home-made 'Me'! 本 = this 人 = person 本人 = oneself


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In this compound, we see the building blocks 口 (mouth) and 門 (door). It’s not clear how this compound originated, but I like to remember a piece of advice I received a long time ago: asking questions opens doors. The simplified form of the character is 问.


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Two mountains stacked one on top of the other means 'to get out'. Put together 'to ask (問) with 'to get out' (出) and you have a phrase 'to get an answer out of someone' (問出) 'To ask' (問) is an action someone does (For example: 'I ask you'). But you can't guarantee that you'll always get an answer when you ask for one. So when you manage to dig the answer 'out' (出), the purpose of 'asking' has been fulfilled. The simplified form of the character 問 is 问.


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大火 = 大 (Big) + 火 (Fire) = big fire What a super easy phrase!


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Fire + big =??? It means ’angry’, ‘very angry’. Fire (火) is one of the five elements in Chinese medicine. Each person has all the five elements by birth with unique composition of all the elements. This unique blend forms your personality and natural health condition. The Qi of the five elements waxes and wanes in daily and seasonal cycles. Chinese doctors believe that people get sick due to the imbalance of five elements.


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