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Chinese Character Bites – #30 – 年

Chinese Character Bites 30 - 年

Our character for today is 年

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


This character is pronounced nián in the 2nd tone.

What it means:

年 means ‘year’.

For example:
今年  – This year
1980年 -1980

Let’s break it down:

This character was originally 禾 (grain) over 人 (person), then it evolved to contain 千 (thousand). The modern character is almost like an amalgamation of all of these components.