Our character for today is 在
In simplified Chinese characters: 在
In traditional Chinese characters: 在
(It’s the same in both traditional and simplified Chinese characters)
This character is pronounced zài in the 4th tone.
What it means:
在 can mean a couple of things.
It can mean ‘to be in or at a place’, or simply ‘at’, ‘in’, or ‘on’, for example 在家 (at home).
It can also mean that something is happening at the present time, -ing, for example 我在吃饭 (I am eating right now).
Let’s break it down:
The radical in this character is 土 which means ground or earth, and is related to the meaning ‘to be at or in a place’.
The other part of the character is a variant on 才 cái (which gives a hint to the pronunciation of the character – it’s fairly similar to zai).
Another day, another character cracked! Keep it up!