每星期，思展各大社交平台 (@sagebooksHK) 與讀者分享點點滴滴的漢字常識，中英對照。家長和小朋友都可以一起學習喔。
Every week, on Sagebooks Hongkong’s social media platforms (@sagebooksHK) feature bite-size Chinese lessons, bilingual in Chinese and English. We welcome parents and children come and learn together.
Here is a summary of what has been featured in the past season.
老 can be used for someone who’s aged, or long time. It can also be used as a prefix of some words, such as 老師、老虎、老鼠……
放 is different from many other characters in the way that its bu-shou (radical) is on the right side. The left side indicates its pronunciation.
In ancient time, 常 was used as a classifier for length. Nowadays, 常 is used as an adjective or adverb.
「行」字是個多音字，有時候可以讀 /xíng/，有時候可以讀 /háng/。
There are two pronunciations for 行： /xíng/ and /háng/.
苦 can be used to describe taste or feelings.
出 can be a verb, a noun, or an adverb. It is one of the most used characters.
In ancient times, 知 had the meaning of “wisdom” and it could be interchangeable with 智. Nowadays, 知 can be a verb, meaning to know or understand. It can also be a noun, meaning “knowledge”. It is still related to “wisdom” in a sense.
然 is a very commonly used character in many conjunctions.
定 means “does not change”. Whether it is used as a noun, a verb, or an adjective, this meaning remains the same.
信, written as “person” and “speech”, relates to someone’s honesty and credit. As a noun, it means putting our thoughts into written forms. As a verb, it means to believe.
The character 本 originated from 木 (wood), it initially meant the root of trees or plants. Now it also refers to the origin of things and matters.
空 means empty, or “nothingness”. It’s a very commonly used character that can form nouns and adjectives.
話 is the content that we expressed when we speak, and is frequently used in words that relates to speech or sayings.
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