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"

← home

"shuì" means "to fall asleep."

"dīng" means "to gaze at."

Demystifying Chinese characters

Contrary to popular belief, Chinese characters are not drawings. Most Chinese characters are made up of building blocks that convey the meaning and pronunciation of the word being represented. One component, usually on the left side, conveys the meaning. Another component (or two), usually found on the right side, hints at the pronunciation. Click above for some examples.