Chinese Character 木 (Wood) visualized


These Chinese Characters are based on 木 (wood)

chinese character tree wood mu 木 illustrated

木 (mù)
Wood

The pictograph of a tree symbolizes the meaning of "wood".

HSK-Level: HSK 5
HSK Word: 木头 (mùtou) - wood; timber

Frequency: 694 out of 9933

Popular words with 木:
木瓜 (mùguā) - papaya
木马 (mùmǎ) - wooden horse
有木有 (yǒu mù yǒu) - Come on, You can't deny it! (slang)

chinese character woods lin 林 illustrated

林 (lín)
Woods

The pictograph of two trees symbolizes the meaning of "woods".

HSK-Level: HSK 4
HSK Word: 森林 (sēnlín) - forest

Frequency: 364 out of 9933

Popular words with 林:
森林 (sēnlín) - forest
少林 (shàolín) - shaolin monastery
丛林 (cónglín) - djungle; buddhist monastery

chinese character tree forest sen 森 illustrated

森 (sēn)
Forest

The pictograph of three trees symbolizes the meaning of "forest".

HSK-Level: HSK 4
HSK Word: 森林 (sēnlín) - forest

Frequency: 1029 out of 9933

Popular words with 森:
森林 (sēnlín) - forest
阴森 (yīnsēn) - gloomy
森森 (sēnsēn) - dense of trees; thick, eerie

informationThis is kind of a logical evolution, right?!
But if you really want to say the word "forest" then you need to use the two characters 森 and 林 together like this:
森林 (sēnlín) this word really means "forest".
chinese character roots foundation 本 illustrated

本 (běn)
Roots, Foundation

The pictograph of a tree with an additional stroke at the bottom shows where the foundation is and the roots begin. The Character means "roots" or "foundation".

HSK-Level: HSK 1
HSK Word: 本 (běn) - measure word for books

Frequency: 92 out of 9933

Popular words with 本:
日本 (rìběn) - Japan; Japanese
本来 (běnlái) - originally
本人 (běnrén) - the person himself

chinese character end tip mo 末 illustrated

末 (mò)
Tip, End

The pictograph of a tree with an additional bigger line in the top (which shows the end of the tree) with a little leave showing the tip, the end of the tree crown..

HSK-Level: HSK 3
HSK Word: 周末 (zhōumò) - weekend

Frequency: 1164 out of 9933

Popular words with 末:
周末 (zhōumò) - weekend
粉末 (fěnmò) - fine powder
肉末 (ròumò) - ground meat

chinese character for missing wei 未 illustrated

未 (wèi)
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 5
HSK Word: 未来 (wèilái) - future

Frequency: 385 out of 9933

Popular words with 未:
未来 (wèilái) - future
从未 (cóngwèi) - never
未必 (wèibì) - maybe not

chinese character for art mu 本 illustrated

术 (shù)
Art, Technique

The pictograph of a tree with a small stroke in the trees crown (the scissors of a tree cutting artist).

HSK-Level: HSK 4
HSK Word: 技术 (jìshù) - technology; technique; skill

Frequency: 328 out of 9933

Popular words with 术:
手术 (shǒushù) - operation, surgery
艺术品 (yìshùpǐn) - piece of art
美术 (měishù) - fine arts

chinese character for rice mi 米 illustrated

米 (mǐ)
Rice

You see there is something in the tree? What does usually grow in the trees? You are right: fruit! And what is the most important "fruit" for the Chinese people? It's rice! You get the Chinese Character for "rice".

HSK-Level: HSK 1
HSK Word: 米饭 (mǐfàn) - cooked rice

Frequency: 575 out of 9933

Popular words with 米:
厘米 (límǐ) - centimeter
玉米 (yùmǐ) - corn, maiz
虾米 (xiāmǐ) - small dried shrimp (as small as rice)

chinese character for come lai 来 illustrated

来 (lái)
to come

Do you see the character for "missing" (未) in this illustration? Good! Can you also see the two dots representing the "rice fruit"? Very good. Now imagine this little mnemonic: When one "comes" for a visit, the only thing "missing" is "rice" to make this a perfect visit. Now you see the word "come" better, right?!

HSK-Level: HSK 1
HSK Word: 来 (lái) - come; arrive; ever since; next

Frequency: 15 out of 9933

Popular words with 来:
来自 (láizì) - to come from
回来 (huílái) - to come back, return
出来 (chūlái) - to come out, to emerge

combinedAnd if you combine "tree-related" Chinese Characters with others, you will even get more new characters with absolutely new meaning. These meanings are not always the combination of the combined characters meanings. Sometimes one used element is just for giving a hint for the pronunciation. WoMingbai still tries finding a good story to explain why combining these two characters might result into the new meaning.
chinese character younger sister 妹 illustrated

妹 (mèi)
Younger Sister

The pictograph 女 (nǚ) for "woman" in one character combined with 未 (wèi) for "missing", you get a woman that is missing something for being a finished woman - she is the "younger sister". But if you really want to say "younger sister" you got to use this Character twice: 妹妹 (mèimei).

HSK-Level: HSK 2
HSK Word: 妹妹 (mèimei) - younger sister

Frequency: 1185 out of 9933

Popular words with 妹:
妹妹 (mèimei) - younger sister
小妹 (xiǎo mèi) - little girl/sister
学妹 (xuémèi) - younger female schoolmate

chinese character apricot xing 杏 illustrated

杏 (běn)
Apricot

The pictograph of a tree with an open mouth beneath it is waiting for the ripe apricot fruit to fall down.

HSK-Level: HSK -
HSK Word: -

Frequency: 2790 out of 9933

Popular words with 杏:
杏仁 (xìngrén) - almond (apricot kernel)
银杏树 (yínxìngshù) - ginkgo (very special tree)

chinese character burn fen 焚 illustrated

焚 (fén)
burn

The pictograph 林 (woods) with 火 (fire) beneath it shows a fire burning the woods - burn.

HSK-Level: -
HSK Word: -

Frequency: 2498 out of 9933

Popular words with 焚:
焚尸 (fénshī) - to cremate
焚烧 (fénshāo) - Incineration
玩火自焚 (wánhuǒzìfén) - playing with fire

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