Hands + writing + character = ?

Children’s serie, xué, 学-學, study, learn.

A first spelling showed two hands drawing/writing and underneath a room :

Chinese character.

Former meaning: school. The idea is logical :

A later spelling added the child, which remained. The meaning became more precise: a child practicing drawing/writing characters.

étudier en chinois

The simplified form used today in mainland China has retained only part of the top. The simplified character is on the left, the traditional on the right:


Articles on characters categorized by radical:

Radical arrow 矢

Radical child 子

Radical eye 目

Radical heart 心

Radical illness 疒

Radical 巳

2 August 2020

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