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学汉字:南

2014-09-01 12:29 ChineseTime

Learn Chinese Character-South

南(nán):south

nán “ zì de jiǎ gǔ wén xiàng shì yuè qì de yàng zi 。
"南“字的甲骨文像是乐器的样子。

yǒu rén shuō , zhè zhǒng yuè qì zài nán fāng hěn liú xíng ,
有人说,这种乐器在南方很流行,

suó yǐ yòng lái biǎo shì ” nán “ 。 yě yǒu rén shuō ,
所以用来表示”南“。也有人说,

gǔ rén xīn shǎng yīn yuè de shí hou , shì xiàng nán zuò de ,
古人欣赏音乐的时候,是向南坐的,

suó yǐ cái yòng zhè ge zì 。
所以才用这个字。

Learn Chinese Character-South

The character’s oraclebone script resembles a musical instrument. Some people reckon that this instrument was popular in southern China and was thus used to represent nan. Others think this character came to be used to denote nan because ancient Chinese people faced south when they listened to music.

e.g.
chéng nán
城南
south of the city;

nán fēng

南风
a south wind;

zhèng nán piān dōng
正南偏东
south by east;

zhè wū zi cháo nán 。
这屋子朝南。
The house faces towards the south.

向南 [xiàng nán]: southward

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