ben3
= b + (e)n3
roots or stems of plants / origin / source / this / the current / root / foundation / basis / classifier for books, periodicals, files etc / originally
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When I painted a picture for , I was painting a Christmas tree composed of eightballs and a big cross. Here, I used another picture I painted, that is one of an actual Christmas tree.

is not to be confused with (similar meaning), , , or (similar appearance). Follow the links to find these characters' own pages.


Composition: 本 = 一 + 木

ben3 =
b + (e)n3

roots or stems of plants / origin / source / this / the current / root / foundation / basis / classifier for books, periodicals, files etc / originally | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Beelzebub finds a Christmas tree in the Forbidden City and feels like eating its roots. He uses a flute to chop the roots right off. - Mnemonic by Matthias, almost 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


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yi1 =
y + Ø1

one / 1 / single / a (article) / as soon as / entire / whole / all / throughout / "one" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1) | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Maud Younger (y) plays her flute (一) in front of the space station (Ø1). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


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+
mu4 =
mu + Ø4

surname Mu | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

mu4 =
mu + Ø4

tree / wood / coffin / wooden / simple / numb / one of the eight ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Malte Monkey is putting up a Christmas tree in the bathroom of the space station. He puts up a cross, on which he puts eight balls (as Christmas balls). - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


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ba1 =
b + a1

eight / 8 | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Mnemonic symbol: eightball.

Beelzebub (b-) is balancing two eightballs in front of the Adziogol Lighthouse (-a1): One on a banana (丿) and one on a finger (㇏). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


=
丿
+
丿
pie3 =
pi + e3

radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 4) / see 撇[pie3] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of 丿

Pocahontas (pi-) is watching a giant banana (丿) inside the Erectheion (-e3). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


=
丿
+
xx5

character component without inherent meaning / see 捺 | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

It's a finger! - Mnemonic by Matthias, almost 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


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shi2 =
sh + Ø2

ten / 10 | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Sherlock Holmes (sh-) is investigating a very strange thing, which just arrived at the entrance of the space station (-2): A big pyramid made of ten (十) crosses (十), which are in turn made out of flutes (一) and dinosaur bones (丨). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


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+
yi1 =
y + Ø1

one / 1 / single / a (article) / as soon as / entire / whole / all / throughout / "one" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1) | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Maud Younger (y) plays her flute (一) in front of the space station (Ø1). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


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gun3 =
gu + (e)n3

radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 2) | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

This character shall be represented by a dinosaur bone when it appears in other characters. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago

Mnemonic symbol: dinosaur bone.

Gitta Giraffe (gu-) found a gorgeous dinosaur bone (丨) in the Forbidden City (-(e)n3). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago

shu4 =
shu + Ø4

see 豎筆|竖笔[shu4 bi3] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Wikimedia Commons:Stroke Order Project

本 order 452d94d0b09376c826a028d16a64537d3bf33175c776f8ab0bae512782d5d6ae

appears as component in

has no simplified variant.

HSK level: 1

Pronunciation: Gorodish elements and their mnemonics (what's this?)

b

Beelzebub - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
(e)n3

In the Forbidden City - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago

Words with


ben3

lai2
original / originally / at first / it goes without saying / of course (HSK level 4)

bi3

ji4

ben3
notebook (stationery) / CL:本[ben3] / notebook (computing) (HSK level 4)

ben3

ling3
skill / ability / capability / CL:項|项[xiang4],個|个[ge4] (HSK level 5)

ben3

zhi4
essence / nature / innate character / intrinsic quality (HSK level 5)

ben3

ke1
undergraduate course / undergraduate (adjective) (HSK level 5)

ji1

ben3
basic / fundamental / main / elementary (HSK level 5)

gen1

ben3
fundamental / basic / root / simply / absolutely (not) / (not) at all / CL:個|个[ge4] (HSK level 5)

zi1

ben3
capital (economics) (HSK level 6)

biao1

ben3
specimen / sample / the root cause and symptoms of a disease (HSK level 6)

ben3

ren2
the person himself / I (humble form used in speeches) / oneself / myself / in person / personal (HSK level 6)

ben3

shen1
itself / in itself / per se (HSK level 6)

ben3

shi4
source material / original story (HSK level 6)

ben3

shi5
ability / skill (HSK level 6)

ben3

qian2
capital (HSK level 6)

ban3

ben3
version / edition / release (HSK level 6)

ben3

neng2
instinct (HSK level 6)

cheng2

ben3
(manufacturing, production etc) costs (HSK level 6)

ben3

zhe5
based on... / in conformance with.. / taking as one's main principle (HSK level 6)

ju4

ben3
script for play, opera, movie etc / screenplay / scenario (HSK level 6)

ben3

shi4
this city / our city

shu1

ben3
book / CL:本[ben3]

lan2

ben3
blueprint / source material on which later works (books, movies etc) are based

ben3

jia1
a member of the same clan / a distant relative with the same family name

ben3

yue4
this month / the current month

ji4

shi4

ben3
notebook / paper notepad / laptop computer

ben3

di4
local / this locality

zi1

ben3

zhu3

yi4
capitalism

zhi4

ben3
to take radical measures / to get to the root (of a problem etc)

cao3

ben3
grass / herb

ben3

jin1
capital / principal

ben3

mo4

dao4

zhi4
lit. to invert root and branch (idiom); fig. confusing cause and effect / to stress the incidental over the fundamental / to put the cart before the horse

ben3

bu4
headquarters / head office

yang4

ben3
sample / specimen

da4

ben3

ying2
headquarters / base camp

mo4

er3

ben3
Melbourne, Australia

ke4

ben3
textbook / CL:本[ben3]

ben3

zhou1
Honshū, the main island of Japan

pei2

ben3
loss / to sustain losses

yuan2

ben3
originally / original

ben3

guo2
one's own country

Example sentences for

 
you - have - how big - skill - call oneself - Great Sage the Equal of Heaven
How skilful are you to call yourself "Great Sage the Equal of Heaven"?
 
skill - indeed - not - small
His skill set is indeed not small
 
of course - just - good
It goes without saying that it is good
 
small - spirit - is - this - land - local god - come - here - serve - great sage
This small spirit is this grove's local god, to serve the Great Sage

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