Welcome to Chinese Characters!

Here you can learn about Chinese characters and why they are shaped the way they are. Each Chinese character has components that indicate the meaning and the pronunciation. These provide helpful hints to Chinese speakers and learners. They also reflect ancient Chinese culture in many ways.

sounds like "mù"
means "eye"

sounds like "hŭo"
means "fire"

hŭo

sounds like "dāo"
means "knife"

dāo

广

sounds like "guăng"
means "shelter"

guăng

sounds like "hé"
means "crops"

Mù is a component that means eye.