Our character for today is 是
In simplified Chinese characters: 是
In traditional Chinese characters: 是
(It’s the same in both traditional and simplified Chinese characters)
This character is pronounced shì in the 4th tone.
What it means:
是 means is, are, am, so it’s a little bit similar to the verb ‘to be’ in English, although it’s not used in all the places where you would see these words in English.
Let’s break it down:
The top part of the character is 日, which means sun, and the bottom half is . Some people believe the bottom half of the character is a variation of 正 (which means correct).