A component that sounds like "mù" and means "eye"

A component that sounds like "hŭo" and means "fire"

hŭo

A component that sounds like "dāo" and means "knife"

dāo

广

A component that sounds like "guăng" and means "shelter"

guăng

A component that sounds like "hé" and means "crops"

button!

"shuì" means "to fall asleep."

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.