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Chinese Character Bites – #51 – 心

Chinese Character Bites 51 - 心

Our character for today is 心

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

Pronunciation:

This character is pronounced xīn in the 1st tone.

What it means:

The core meaning of 心 is heart, and it is used in all sorts of words to do with feelings, such as 开心 (happy – open heart) 决心 (determination), 关心 (concern), 心情 (mood) and so on.

It also appears as a radical (meaning component of characters) as 忄(when it’s on the side of characters) and also on the bottom of characters like 想 (to think / miss).

Let’s break it down:

This character was originally a picture of a heart (even though the modern character might not look much like it now!)