是 is scenery-like characterThis post was edited by SEARU at 2017-1-16 10:58
日 is the Sun which original form is a circle with a short horizon stroke in it that looks like the round star!
The lower part of 是 shapes like 正. ---------The bottom stroke of 正 is （一）that symbols the “ground” and the remaining part of 正 looks like you are standing （on the ground) with two legs touching （the ground) and only one of your feet can be seen. Yes , 正 means ‘straight’. ---------the lower component of 是 also represents that you are walking with the right foot is going to overtake the left one!-------You are walking as soldier with the foot-tip up in the air with great confidence！
So the picture of 是 that someone is walking in the sunshine with the bright Sun overhead. 是 means “Yes” or "right' or “the right things you have done”.
On the contrast, some bad men always do crimes in the darkness with their body shrunken that scene is quite different from 是!)
Good understanding to the structure of chinese characters is useful for you to achieve nice handwriting when you really enjoy calligraphy as drawing paintings! About "some bad men always do crimes in the darkness with their body shrunken"_
This reminds me another special Word 贼: its first part is 贝 (seashell) that stands for money; 戈 is a kind of metal weapon in ancient China; the middle part is 大 minus one "leg" since 大 looks like a man standing with his arms and legs strentching out!
Then, how to understand 贼?
One small man who tries to hide part of his body is waving a big knife in the air and ask you for money! Yes, thief has something to do with knife and money!
" I very much appreciate your threads about the origins and deeper meanings of Chinese characters!
This is a subject that has interested me for a long time. I studied Chinese for a year in college (a long long time ago) and though I quickly forgot most of what I learned about the spoken language, I loved studying characters and their history. Every character had a rich history that reflected the long and rich history of China. (I am American, by the way.)
Some of these interesting details may be lost in the simplified characters. Traditional characters also are more beautiful. Are traditional characters studied in the Chinese curriculum? Surely that would be an important part of teaching Chinese students to appreciate their own history.
Gayle Post time: 2017-2-20 03:53 static/image/common/back.gif
I very much appreciate your threads about the origins and deeper meanings of Chinese characters!
Thanks for your warm reply! (It is snowing outside although in Spring!)
I have posted many writings on similar topic and you have a look when you are free! Of course I would like introduce more interesting characters to foreign friends!