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Now let's have a closed look at the following Chinese characters:
江,海,湖泊,波涛,滴 (river, sea, lake,  wave, drop.)All these words have a common component that is called ‘three-drop-water’. It goes like ‘three streams which are going to join together and form a river’. Such a word usually has something to do with ‘water’.  For more examples: 洪(flood),沉没(sink),  游泳(swim),济(to cross a river), 河(A river that might dry in Summer.)溪流(stream), 淘洗(washing), 滋润(To make something wet), 潮湿(wet),.....
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What is ‘single standing person’ in the following characters?:他(he or him), 侍(serve), 你(you), 伯(father‘s elder brother), 伴(spouse), 仙(fairy),仆(servant),仨(three persons), 仁(kind),体(body),健(strong),佐(help).
The common part in these characters looks like a man with one long leg touching the ground that is a simple form of 人(human).







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           What is ‘for-picking-up hand’ 提手旁 in the end?


We write 手 for ‘hand’. Why? Does it shape like the last part of your arm? You may first draw the top stroke as the middle finger and use the vertical line as the main back-bone of the hand(or arm?), then add the bottom two horizon lines to symbol the remaining four fingers. It is fun if you gesture out the shape of 手 with your own hand by yourself! Here I can sense that the ‘hook’ of 手 showing off too much strength when you try to pick up some heavy object from the ground. In other words, one of the functions for the hand is to carry things with strength like a hook.




Furthermore, many Chinese characters include one hand. Such as:提(pull up), 打(hit or beat), 扫(sweep), 挑(choose), 抱(to arm), 找(look for),投(throw)....


These words have the same component called ‘for-picking-up hand’ since you can not finish those actions if without hand!  You may take it as a changed form of 手 which has ‘lost’ the top finger; Or let's think it in this way: It is a version of the up-down-side of 手with the hook as the middle finger and the remaining strokes as other fingers for picking-up.





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What is ‘for-picking-up hand’ 提手旁 in the end?
We write 手 for ‘hand’. Why? Does it ...

For correction about “ It is a version of the up-down-side of 手”:
                                It is the up-side-down version of 手
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Does 言 look like a human face?In China ‘言‘’ means 'say’, ‘speak’, or ‘words’ which has ‘口’ since you can say nothing without ‘mouth’. Then what do the four strokes above 口 stand for? Does the top ‘point’ represent the knot of your cap? Does the long horizon line symbol your wide forhead? Then the following two ones should the eyes and nose. In general, I think 言 ought be a simple drawing for ‘face’ in which the mouth is emphasized for the big size.
In most cases, if a Chinese character contains 言 , it must have something to do with ‘speaking’. Such as: 説(say), 話(words), 詞(phrase),
Oh, after the founding of the People‘s  Republic of China, 言 have been changed into a simple form as the following shown: 说, 话,词,讲(speak),
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What is ‘vertical heart’ in Chinese?
心 means the beating ‘heart’. Why? Its shape seems like the real appearance of an animal's heart with several blood vessels on the top. Or you may take the three points as blood drops pumped out from the main part of 心.
As a fact, only few Chinese characters use 心 as one component. 芯(the center of something),蕊(fresh flower),意(mind).
But there are too many Chinese words appear with a changed form of 心 that is called ‘vertical heart’ as the following showing:
慎(cautious),悟(realized),悦(happy),愤怒(angry),
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Chinese foot 足
口 is ‘mouth’ but here it means ‘one person’; The lower part of 足 looks like your two legs including the feet with one of them is going to overtake the other:You are walking?  We chinese use 足 to represent ‘foot'.
足 appears in many chinese characters:
路(path or road),    跑(run),   跳跃(jump),   躁(anxious) ,  蹦(jumping with your two feet leaving off the ground at the same time.),  .......
(Each of the words above has something to do with ’foot".)  
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