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Chinese Character Bites – #49 – 小

Chinese Character Bites 49 - 小

Our character for today is 小

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


This character is pronounced xiǎo in the 3rd tone.

What it means:

小 means little or small.

Let’s break it down:

This character is representative of the idea of ‘small’. The line down the middle with the hook (the stroke that you write first) is being divided up into smaller pieces by the strokes on the left and the right, thus giving the meaning of ‘small’.