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Have you learnt the different between traditional and simplified Chinese ? ‘East’ is one of those characters with both forms. 東 = East => traditional 东 = East => simplified


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I’m sure most people who hear the word Master when it relates to Asia picture a martial arts sensei with white wispy hair…Alas, the word to describe a respected elder or someone who has a lot of experience in their field is not the character we’re going to learn today, but we can come back to these guys some other time. The character (主) is used as a noun to mean “owner”, “master”, “host”, “God”, “trump card (in a card game)”, and “main”. It can also be used as a verb to mean “to indicate” or “to signify”. Based on these definitions, you can see how this character, rather than a title of respect for a teacher, indicates who or what is at the top of a hierarchy.


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This is a fun expression to use. Your Chinese speaking friends would be totally impressed if you can use this one properly. Do you remember ‘a person inside a door’ (閃)? When a person is sneaking out of the door, this guy is dodging, trying to avoid something. So the meaning of the character is ‘to dodge’ or ‘to avoid. The simplified form of the character 閃 is 闪. To dodge (閃) + person (人) = To sneak out (閃人)


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Well hey, here’s a really easy phrase! The building blocks 女 (woman) and 人 (person) combine to mean “woman”. Here’s an example of 女人 being used in an idiom: 三個女人一臺戲 (sān ge nǚ rén yī tái xì). This idiom means “three women are enough for a drama!”


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‘Woman' (女) is a very useful character to learn. You can make a lot of other characters and phrases once you know how to recognise it. Let me give you an example: 日本女人 日本 is 'Japan' and 女人 is 'woman', so the phrase means Japanese (日本) woman (女人).


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What is 山東女人? Do you remember 山東? Mountain (山 ) + East (東) = Shandong (山東) You need to know this word as there are 48 million of them in the world! 山東女人 is a woman from the Shandong Provence! The simplified form of the character 東 is 东.


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