一 - Your Very First Expertly Curated List of Chinese Characters

Start your Chinese Language Learning Today with This Expertly Curated List of Characters

Start your Chinese Language Learning Today with This Expertly Curated List of Characters

Here is the curation of the first batch of Chinese characters, with an illustration of modern day aesthetics, in juxtaposition with its English explanation and definition.

Each illustration bears two red seals, one belonging to the original the Oracle Bone Script (in various styles) and one belonging to the Chinestory seal.

A journey begins with one (一), so let’s begin.

 
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一(

{origin} ONE(indicated by 一) formless chaos in the beginning of time → one, a

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二(èr

{origin} The chaos split into two: the sky (indicated by 一) above and the earth (indicated by 一) below → two

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三(sān)

{origin} the sky(indicated by 一) above, the earth(indicated by 一) below, all(indicated by 一) things on earth in the middle → three

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土(tǔ)

{origin} mud pile(indicated by 十) on earth(indicated by 一) → soil, land, ground, earth;

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{modern} grass head radical

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生(shēnɡ)

{origin} grass(indicated by 艹) growing from the earth(⼟) → (verb) grow, live, (adj.) alive, living, (noun) life;

{modern} make something grow or live(生) → give birth to, be born, birth;

[Symbolism: Grass(艹) breaks through soil(⼟) and sprouts to life, symbolizing something grow from nothing.]

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日(rì)

{origin} sun;

{modern} time is determined by the movement of the sun(日) → daytime, day, time


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星(xīnɡ)

{origin} light emitting objects like the sun(日) that grow(生) out of nothing → star

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生日

(shēnɡ rì)

birth() day() = birthday

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土星

(tǔ xīnɡ)

earth()-colored star() = Saturn

Ancient people gazed into the dark night sky and wondered about the immense space out there, just like we still do today. Where did it start and where would it end? These questions still fascinate us. Do these 星星(stars) really come from nothing? check out the most recent scientific discovery about the Birth of the Earth on this documentary on the Discovery Channel.

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