One of the first characters taught in the Basic Chinese 500 course is 家. This is a word that is very relatable to a child. While its basic meaning is “home” or “family”, this character has a much broader use.
家 shares a common part with 豬 (pig): 豕。This part originally means “pig”. The 者 on the right side of the modern-day character 豬 was added at a later time. Pig provided food security to our ancestors. As a result, they believed that having a roof above our heads was not enough to build a home. One also needs a pig.
We have the saying “ 修身、齊家、治國、平天下 ” (from Confucius) which sets out the priorities in one’s journey of self cultivation and life achievement:
家 being second in the sequence makes it of great importance to our life-long practice.
家 means a specialist or an expert. Below are some examples
家 is also a classifier. It is used for counting shops, companies, or families. For example,
It is obviously important for your child to do regular revision of what they have learnt. Once they have accumulated more characters, they can expand their vocabulary easily by combining what they have learnt already. Take the character 家 as an example, it can form many words by combing with other characters that are taught in the course. Below is a list for your reference.
Below is a list of more words containing the character 家. You might be interested to teach your children.
Below are 2 worksheets that your child could practice writing, comprehension and reading out loud. Please feel free to download.
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