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Chinese Character Bites – #27 – 道

Chinese Character Bites 27 - 道

Our character for today is 道

Simplified Chinese character: 道
Traditional Chinese character: 道
(The simplified character and the traditional character are the same)


This character is pronounced dào in the 4th tone

What it means:

道 normally means ‘path / road /channel’ or Daoism.

You’ll also see it really commonly in the word 知道 (to know – or literally know ‘the way’)

Let’s break it down:

The left hand side of the character is the radical 辶 which means ‘to go’ or ‘to travel’.
The right hand side of the character is 首, which means ‘head’