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zhōng
middle

=

口 + 丨
mouth + stick
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a stick goes through the middle of something

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shí
time

=

日 + 寸
sun + thumb
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primitive sundial: holding up your thumb to see its shadow

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rán
sort of thing

=

月 + 犬 + 灬
body part + small dog + cooking fire
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hot dog sort of thing

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jiā
home

=

宀 + 豕
house + sow
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house on stilts with pigs underneath

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xiǎo
small

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rén
person

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derivatives: 亻 *persona, 𠂉 *lying down

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入rù enter

xīn
heart

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“心字底”; derivatives: 忄*meme, ⺗ *valentine

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kāi
open [v.], *open hands

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hand modified
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廾 gǒng two hands

self, *snake

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derivatives: 已 *snakeskin, 巴 *boa

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one, *ceiling/floor

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large, *large dog

=

人 + 一
person + “arms"
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a person trying to make themself look large by spreading out their arms; as a component, component derived from: 犬quǎn dog, hence the "large dog" meaning in stories

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犬quǎn small dog

also, *scorpion

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匕bǐ person sitting/spoon

child

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already, *snakeskin

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snake modified
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snake already starting to shed its skin

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guó
country

=

囗 + 玉
enclose + jade
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country’s wealth (jade) is enclosed, crown jewels protected

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yòng
utilize, *Little Red Riding Hood

=

冂 + (二丨)
hood + bouquet
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Little Red utilizes her hood every day when she is picking bouquets.

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hǎo
good

=

女 + 子
woman + child
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woman with her child is good

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harmony

=

禾hé + 口
grain + mouth
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whole grains in your mouth = (digestive) harmony OR when grain fills the mouths of the populations, there is harmony

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tiān
heavens

=

一 + 大
ceiling + large
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large person grows and grows until his head reaches the ceiling and then the heavens

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chū
exit [v.]

=

山 + 山
mountain + mountain
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exit through a pass between two mountains

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can [aux. v.]

=

丁 + 口
nail + mouth
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“I think I can, I think I can,” Little Engine spitting nails

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叮dīng sting

háng
a business, *intersection

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alternatively: 彳+一+丁 queue + one/ceiling + nail, queue at the hardware business to buy the one nail available

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oneself, *nose

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丶 + 目
drop + eye
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your nose is the drop between your eyes; Chinese people refer to themselves by pointing at their nose

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dòng
move [v.]

=

云 + 力
cloud + muscle
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a goddess moves the clouds with her muscles

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ground [n.]

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土 + 也
soil + scorpion
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scorpion lives in the ground

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běn
notebook

=

木 + 一
tree + one
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slice out of trunk becomes a notebook

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xià
below

=

一 + 卜
ceiling + magic wand
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magic wand hovering below the ceiling

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上shàng above

shàng
above

=

卜 + 一
magic wand + floor
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magic wand hovering above the floor

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下xià below

miàn
face-to-face

=

百 + 目
hundred + eye
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face-to-face interview: a hundred eyeballs on you OR 面 also means "noodles": picture a hundred eyeballs tossed in your noodles

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inside, *computer

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Inside Out OR alternative breakdown: 田+土 field + soil; anciently, a li was a measurement of distance

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fāng
direction, *compass

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丶 + 万
drop + ten thousand
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ten thousand directions on a compass, moves by a drop

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zài
at

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𠂇 + 丨 + 土
by one's side + stick + soil
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 Brigham Young, first governor of Utah, puts his stick in the soil and declares the Salt Lake Valley as “the place” for settlement.

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yǒu
possess

=

𠂇 + 月
by one's side + body part/moon
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you possess the body parts by your side OR Despicable Me villain wants to possess the moon OR John Swigert Jr. was one of the astronauts on the Apollo 13 moon mission.

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yào
want [v.]

=

西 + 女
Wild West + woman
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poster in the Wild West Wanted: Women” OR Western women want it all: family, career, etc.

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by means of

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𠄌 + 丶 + 人
plow + drop + person
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plow pulled by means of a person, a drop of sweat

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qián
in front, *butcher shop

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丷 + 刖
horns + butcher
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horns hang in front of the butcher’s shop

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duì
that’s right

=

又 + 寸
right hand + thumb
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"That's right!” Swear it with your right hand or just give them a thumbs up.

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huì
meeting

=

亼 + (一厶)
meeting + Great Wall
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ultimate summit meeting: on the Great Wall

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chéng
turn into

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刀 + 戊
knife + cannon
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When does a knife fight turn into a cannon fight? When a bully becomes president.

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méi
not have

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氵 + 殳
water + boomerang
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boomerang territory doesn't have much water

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I, me

=

手 + 戈
hand + rifle
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I have a right to my rifle.

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找zhǎo look for

be like

=

女nǚ + 口
woman + mouth
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women talking about what it would be like if… OR ancient ritual where people walk out of a cave to symbolically represent rebirth, like coming out of a woman’s birth canal

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yīng
ought to

=

广 + (⺍一)
cave + owl
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Now the pet you ought to have in a cave is an owl. It wouldn’t bother you during the day and could hunt for you at night.

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that

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刀 + 二 + 阝
knife + two + city walls
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point with a knife to that city (the other, the second)

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gāi
should

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讠 + 亥hài
microphone + acorn
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through the microphone: You should all gather acorns before you leave the park, so no one trips, but leave them under the trees for the squirrels. OR You should all be feeding your pigs a supplement of acorns.

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shuō
speak

=

讠 + 兑
microphone + devil
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“Speak of the devil!”

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ràng
yield

=

讠 + 上shàng
microphone + above
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in a microphone: “You must yield to the high power above.”

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zěn
how?

=

乍zuò + 心
saw + heart
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country song: how could you have sawed my heart in half? OR open heart surgery, how do they saw without hurting the person?

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xiǎng
think

=

相xiāng + 心
one another + heart
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think of one another, the one you love OR 木 + 目 + 心 tree + eye + heart: you are under a tree, you close your eyes and think in your heart of the one you love

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shén
what

=

亻 + 十shí
persona + ten/needle
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What in the world is going on here? (sees persona with needle)

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dàn
however

=

亻 + 旦dàn
persona + daybreak
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your persona planned on getting up at daybreak, however… OR It's Dan at dawn

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zuò
do

=

亻 + 乍zuò
persona + saw
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your persona singing "Do as I’m Doing” with a sawing motion

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zuò
make

=

亻 + 故
persona + deliberate
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your persona deliberately makes…

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he

=

亻 + 也
persona + scorpion
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your persona covered with scorpions

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men
[plural]

=

亻 + 门mén
persona + gate
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your persona finds her doppelganger at the gate

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you

=

亻 + 尔
persona + you [literary]
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your persona says, “You (little person)! Cover your little mouth.”, 人尔你

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dāng
work as

=

小 + 彐
small + broom
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Bert (from Mary Poppins), works as a street sweeper, a small (upside down), menial job.

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shǐ
commence

=

女 + 台
woman + stage
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woman on the stage commencing the women's march

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she

=

女 + 也
woman + scorpion
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woman covered in scorpions named She

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zhī
know

=

矢shǐ + 口
dart + mouth
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know-it-all, you want to throw darts at his mouth

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zhǒng
species

=

禾 + 中zhōng
grain + middle
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what species of grain do Chinese prefer? OR a new species is found in the middle of two other species

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shí
reality

=

宀 + 头
house + head/bust
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reality is they keep his real head in the house as a memorial OR What is the reality about who is head of the house?

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it

=

宀 + 匕
house + spoon/person sitting
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I found it under the house—the lost spoon! OR “It” lives in this house, never leaves, sits inside all day.

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dìng
settle on

=

宀 + 一 + 龰
house + one + trail of footprints
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They leave a trail of footprints to many houses before they finally settle on this one. OR Settle once and for all which Minecraft mob is the best by putting them through an obstacle course.

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nián
year

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午 + 匚
noon + box
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sleep in till noon on New Year’s day, start checking the boxes of your New Year’s resolutions

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xiē
somewhat

=

此 + 二
this [literary] + two
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the literary value here is somewhat obscure, there are two possibilities…, 此二些

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tóng
same

=

冂 + 一 + 口
hood + one + mouth
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monks all chanting with one voice, the same voice

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zhǐ
only

=

口 + 八
mouth + animal legs
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the one and only Pacman

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zài
once more

=

一 + 冂 + 土
one + hood + soil
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If I have to ask you once more…pick up your hoodie from the ground!

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cuò
mistaken

=

钅 + 昔
metal + times past
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fool’s gold

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method

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氵 + 去
water + go
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method for cooking rice: add water and push go

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shì
matter

=

一 + 口 + 肀
one + mouth + rake
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one mouth directs the raking matter at hand

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zhǔ
lord

=

丶 + 王
drop + king
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a drop of a king is a lord

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learn

=

羽 - 习
wings - one wing
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while you are learning to fly an airplane, haven't earned both your wings yet

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gěi
give

=

纟 + 合
thread + fit
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give threads that fit

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lái
come

=

一 + 米
one + rice
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come one, come all, get your free rice

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yīn
cause [n.]

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囗 + 大
enclose + large
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What is the cause of enclosing the St. Bernard? OR Big Elephants Can't Always Understand Small Elephants (so they get enclosed)

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hòu
behind

=

𠂆 + 一 + 口
drag + one + mouth
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dragging behind in the chanting OR back seat driver dragging you down

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me
[suffix]

=

丿 + 厶
slash + monument
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“m”monument

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de
[possessive particle]

=

白 + 勺
white + ladle
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白色的勺子 white de ladle

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zhe
-ing

=

⺶ + 目
wool + eye
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government in a constant state of pulling the wool over the people’s eyes

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táng
main room

=

(龸口)shàng + 土
outhouse + soil
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the main room of a house is actually the outhouse where one can soil in privacy OR alternatively: 龸+口+土 playhouse + mouth + soil, kids pretending to be nobles in their playhouse eating mud pies

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shì
be

=

旦 + 龰zhǐ
daybreak + trail of footprints
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“to be, not to be” at dawn found a trail of footprints leading to the bridge

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chī
eat

=

口 + 乞qǐ
mouth + beg
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beggars need to eat

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jīng
go across

=

纟 + *泾jīng
thread + crane
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thread connected to the crane carries the I-beam to go across to the building, *泾-氵

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logic

=

王 + 里lǐ
jewel + computer
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the jewel, the motherboard in the computer, contains its logic

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ér
and, *beard

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zuì
most [adv.]

=

日 + 取
sun + take
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you can take the most from the sun and keep taking

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xiàn
the present

=

王 + 见jiàn
jewel + see
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Look into the crystal ball and see the present. Oh, maybe it's a mirror.

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no, *no symbol

=

一 + 丿 + 卜bǔ
ceiling + slash + magic wand
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begin

=

走 + 己jǐ
walk + snake
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Cherokee legend of the boy walking up the mountain and the rattlesnake who asked to go with him: "You knew what I was when you picked me up."

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dào
arrive

=

至 + 刂dāo
until + sword
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waiting in place with swords raised until Mongols arrive

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yàng
appearance

=

木 + 羊yáng
wood + sheep
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describing a wooden sheep OR wood and sheep are 不一样

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jiàn
see

=

目 + 儿
eye + human legs
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見 is the traditional character, showing that when you see something, your eyes arrive there

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贝bèi shells

fēn
part [n./v.]

=

八 + 刀
eight + knife
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use a knife to cut quesadillas or dough into eight parts

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duō
many

=

夕 + 夕
evening + evening
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many moons ago (a story told in the evening)

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kàn
look at

=

手 + 目
hand + eye
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hand over your eyes looking for something

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individual

=

𠆢 + 丨
umbrella + stick
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express individual style through your umbrella: Gene Kelly “Singin’ in the Rain”

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cóng
follow

=

人 + 人
person + person
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one person following another

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zhī
of, *road block

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road modified
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