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shāo
a little [adj.]
禾 + 肖xiào
grain + resemble
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grains resemble little bits of time

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shěng
province
少shǎo + 目
few + eye
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the further the province is from Beijing, the fewer the eyes on them

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róng
contain
宀 + 谷
house + valley
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house so large it contains a valley

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pái
row [n.]
扌 + 非
hand + jail cell
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hands gripping jail doors on death row

going down the row of jail cells, offering your hand to each inmate

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xiāo
disappear
氵 + 肖xiào
water + resemble
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water (or liquid that resembles it) makes things disappear

alternatively: 氵 + 小 + 月 water + small + moon: the story of the monkeys who see a small resemblance of the moon in the water and try to capture it, but it disappears

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shī
poem
讠 + 寺sì
microphone + Buddhist temple
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"Our temple will be installed with microphones to allow for the chanting of poetry." (Buddhist Temple)

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tái
stage
厶 + 口
monument + mouth
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at the mouth of the monument, they’ve set up a stage

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rotten
府fǔ + 肉
government office + meat
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rotten meat left in a government office

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jiǎn
opt for
扌 + E jiǎn
hand + covered rickshaw
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use finger to point out which covered rickshaw the family has opted for

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page, *head
一 + 丶 + 贝
one + drop + shells
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a shell fish balancing a page on its head

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头tóu bust

xiāng
perfume [n.]
禾 + 日
grain + sun
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fragrance of ripe wheat in the sun

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cài
Cai
艹 + 祭
flowers + offer sacrifice
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Ms. Cai is religious about taking flowers to offer sacrifice to her ancestors.

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tiě
note [n.]
巾 + 占
towel + tell fortunes
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note written on a paper towel at a restaurant could tell your fortune

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贴tiē paste
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lonely
宀 + 叔
house + uncle
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Uncle Schubert lives by himself in a house and is lonely.

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error
讠 + 吴wú
microphone + Wu
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use microphone to point out the error of Mrs. Wu

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shì
show [v.], *altar
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This character was originally a picture of an ancestral tablet for worship, so when used as a component, it retains this meaning of altar.

alternative breakdown: 二+小 two + small, two small altar boys under the altar

derivative: 礻*Eastern altar

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zhǎ
blink [v.]
目 + 乏
eye + weary
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eyes are weary, so they blink

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chāng
prosperous
日 + 日
sun + day
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on sunny days you feel prosperous

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chéng
orange
木 + 登dēng
tree + ascend
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ascend the tree to pick oranges

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