Write “东”(east) in Chinese character

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One word a day, easy to master Chinese characters. Let’s take a look at the basic knowledge of “东”.

东 dōng
Explanation:east
Phrases:东方(dōng fāng) the east  东欧(dōng’ōu ) Eastern Europe
在甲骨文里像一件用绳绑着的行李(),有物件的意思,后来才渐渐被用来指示方向。所以,中国人用“东西”这个词来形容物件,正是这个字的本意。
The character 东in the oracle bones looks like a big bag with its both ends tied , so the original meaning should be东西 (东西dōng xi : thing) .As the character developed and people could no longer discern the original form of “bag”, the character also came to mean “the east”.

Sentences:

1.Zài dàojiā lǐlùn zhōng,qīnglóng dàibiǎo zhe dōngfāng.
在道家理论中,青龙代表着东方。
  In Taoist theories, the Green Dragon represents the east.

 

2.Wǒ lèyì qiánwǎng dōng’ōu lǚxíng.
我乐意前往东欧旅行。
I would like to travel to Eastern Europe.
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