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Chinese Character Bites – #11 – 这

Our character for today is 这

In simplified Chinese characters: 这
In traditional Chinese characters: 這


This character is pronounced zhè in the 4th tone.

What it means:

这 can mean ‘this’ or ‘here.’

Let’s break it down:

The radical on the left hand side 辶 means ‘go’ or ‘travel’.

In the simplified character, the part on the right hand side is 文 (which means ‘writing’ or ‘culture’), a simplification that is not related to the meaning of the word.

In the traditional character, the right hand side component is 言, which means ‘speech’.