Monday, 20 March 2017

三 | sān

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: sān 🔊) means “three” or “third”.

To write the character , start with , that is, a shorter upper stroke and a longer lower stroke, then sandwich an even shorter stroke between them. Speaking of sandwiches: really looks like one, while 三明治 (sānmíngzhì 🔊) is just a phonetic borrowing of English word “sandwich”. Could that help to remember the pronunciation of ?

As one could expect, the Chinese hand sign for “three” is three extended fingers.

There are several other hanzi with the same meaning, such as and , mainly used for financial purposes. You can easily discern the three strokes there.

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