Clipboard of visually illustrated Chinese Characters (Hanzi)


Clipboard of visually illustrated Chinese Characters (Hanzi)

chinese character moon month 月 illustrated

月 (yuè)
Moon, Month

You can see the similarity to the character for sun (日) right? But additionally to this ball of light we have a curve to the left in the bottom of it - showing crescent of the moon.

HSK-Level: HSK 1
HSK Word: 月 (yuè) - moon; month; flesh (radical)

Frequency: 169 out of 9933

Popular words with 月:
月光 (yuèguāng) - moonlight
月月 (yuèyuè) - every month
月经 (yuèjīng) - menstruation, the woman's period

chinese character products pin 品 illustrated

品 (pǐn)
Products

Three 口 (mouths) in one place often discuss their last purchases, right?

HSK-Level: HSK 5
HSK Word: 作品 (zuòpǐn) - works (of literature and art)

Frequency: 308 out of 9933

Popular words with 品:
人品 (rénpǐn) - character, moral standing
正品 (zhèngpǐn) - quality product
奖品 (jiǎngpǐn) - award, prize

chinese character products pin 品 illustrated

品 (pǐn)
Products

Three 口 (mouths) in one place often discuss their last purchases, right?

HSK-Level: HSK 5
HSK Word: 作品 (zuòpǐn) - works (of literature and art)

Frequency: 308 out of 9933

Popular words with 品:
人品 (rénpǐn) - character, moral standing
正品 (zhèngpǐn) - quality product
奖品 (jiǎngpǐn) - award, prize


chinese character cliff chang 厂 illustrated

厂 (hǎn)
Cliff

The pictograph of a cliff (we only use this archaic meaning of "cliff" for the "evolutional" steps of the character - that works better for the pictures of the other evolutional steps. As the pure form of 厂 we need to refer to it as "factory" instead)

HSK-Level: HSK 5
HSK Word: 工厂 (gōngchǎng) - factory

Frequency: 963 out of 9933

Popular words with 厂:
厂商 (chǎngshāng) - firm, company
电厂 (diànchǎng) - electric powerplant
出厂价 (chūchǎngjià) - factory price, invoice

chinese character factory chang 厂 illustrated

厂 (chǎng)
factory

The pictograph shows a factory (modern form) ... but for "evolutional" steps we will use the archaic meaning "cliff" (that works better for the pictures of the other evolutional steps).

HSK-Level: HSK 5
HSK Word: 工厂 (gōngchǎng) - factory

Frequency: 963 out of 9933

Popular words with 厂:
厂商 (chǎngshāng) - firm, company
电厂 (diànchǎng) - electric powerplant
出厂价 (chūchǎngjià) - factory price, invoice

chinese character for door men 门 illustrated

门 (mén)
missing

The pictograph of a tree with an additional shorter stroke in the top shows that there is something "missing" to make a full tree. Can you see it?.

HSK-Level: HSK 2
HSK Word: 门 (mén) - door, gate

Frequency: 185 out of 9933

Popular words with 门:
出门 (chūmén) - exit door, to go out
敲门 (qiāomén) - to knock he door
开门 (kāimén) - open the door


chinese character go out 出 illustrated

出 (chū)
go out

The pictograph 山 (shān) for "mountain" twice above each other gets you six instead of three mountain peaks. Just like in the German fairy tale "Snow White" one living beyond the 7 (or in our Chinese case 6) mountains, is quite far away - he is very far out of sight, right?!

HSK-Level: HSK 1
HSK Word: 出租车 (chūzūchē) - taxi

Frequency: 28 out of 9933

Popular words with 妹:
付出 (fùchū) - paying/investing (time)
出去 (chūqù) - to get out, go out
出现 (chūxiàn) - to appear, emerge

chinese character island dao 岛 illustrated

岛 (dǎo)
Island

Can you imagine a mountain peaking out of the sea inhabited by birds? This is the island.

HSK-Level: HSK 5
HSK Word: 岛屿 (dǎoyǔ) - islands

Frequency: 798 out of 9933

Popular words with 岛:
青岛 (qīngdǎo) - Qindao, city in China
列岛 (lièdǎo) - archipelago, chain of islands
南岛 (nándǎo) - south island

chinese character cow niu 牛 illustrated

牛 (niú)
cow

We can see the picture a female cow with a ribbon on one of her horns. Can you see it as well?

HSK-Level: HSK 2
HSK Word: 牛奶 (niúnǎi) - milk (cow's milk)

Frequency: 1018 out of 9933

Popular words with 牛:
公牛 (gōngniú) - bull
奶牛 (nǎiniú) - milk cow (a cow that gives milk)
牛肉 (niúròu) - beef


chinese character bird niao 鸟 illustrated

鸟 (niǎo)
Bird

Even in todays modern character we can see a bird, with a beak and a wing cloe to the body.

HSK-Level: HSK 3
HSK Word: 鸟 (niǎo) - bird

Frequency: 28 out of 9933

Popular words with 鸟:
鸟瞰 (niǎokàn) - bird's view, broad overview
海鸟 (hǎiniǎo) - sea bird
一石二鸟 (yīshí'èrniǎo) - to kill 2 birds with one stone (idiom)

chinese character field tian 田 illustrated

田 (tián)
Field, Farm

Looking from above onto a field you can probably see the segmented parts of it. Each part growing a different vegetable or fruit.

HSK-Level: HSK 6
HSK Word: 田野 (tiányě) - field, open country

Frequency: 778 out of 9933

Popular words with 田:
油田 (yóutián) - oil field
种田 (zhòngtián) - to farm, farming
梯田 (tītián) - stepped fields, terracing

chinese character mouth kou 口 illustrated

口 (kǒu)
mouth

When you open your mouth as wide as you can ... you will not get a round circle, but a flat line of teeth above and in the bottom, seamed from your mouth's borders left and right. Correct? ;-)

HSK-Level: HSK 3
HSK Word: 口 (kǒu) - mouth

Frequency: 212 out of 9933

Popular words with 口:
人口 (rénkǒu) - population
入口 (rùkǒu) - entrance
口水 (kǒushuǐ) - saliva


chinese character jade yu 玉 illustrated

玉 (yù)
Jade

If you take the character for "king" (which we illustrate as the kings symbol a "crown") and add a stroke where the most precious stone will sit, then you get the psoition for China's most precious stone the "Jade" marked.

HSK-Level: HSK 5
HSK Word: 玉米 (yùmǐ) - corn, maize

Frequency: 1001 out of 9933

Popular words with 玉:
宝玉 (bǎoyù) - precious stone, gem
玉皇大帝 (yùhuángdàdì) - the Jade Emperor
玉兔 (yùtù) - the Jade hare (rabbit in the moon)

chinese character king wang 王 illustrated

王 (wáng)
King

This Characters shows us the boundaries of a European king's crown. Although Chinese emperors headdress looked very different - for us "foreigners"/"laowais" this picture works just fine :-)

HSK-Level: HSK 5
HSK Word: 国王 (guówáng) - king (of a country)

Frequency: 299 out of 9933

Popular words with 王:
女王 (nǚwáng) - queen
王子 (wángzǐ) - prince
大王 (dàwáng) - person having expert skill in something ("king of his niche")

chinese character horse ma 马 illustrated

马 (mǎ)
Horse

When you open your mouth as wide as you can ... you will not get a round circle, but a flat line of teeth above and in the bottom, seamed from your mouth's borders left and right. Correct? ;-)

HSK-Level: HSK 3
HSK Word: 马 (mǎ) - horse

Frequency: 276 out of 9933

Popular words with 马:
马马虎虎 (mǎmahūhū) - tolerable, fair
斑马 (bànmǎ) - zebra
木马 (mùmǎ) - wooden horse


chinese character mountain shan 山 illustrated

山 (shān)
Mountain

The pictograph of three mountain peaks symbolizes the mountain.

HSK-Level: HSK 3
HSK Word: 爬山 (páshān) - mountain climbing

Frequency: 259 out of 9933

Popular words with 山:
冰山 (bīngshān) - iceberg (ice mountain)
火山 (huǒshān) - volcano
山区 (shānqū) - mountain region


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