Monday, February 19, 2018

Amazing Chinese Characters (193) Drink - 饮

The shell bone script for character Drink is

the left part is a wine pot, and right part is tongue.

The bronze script for the character is

the left part is the wine pot, and the right is a person who holds the pot and try to drink the wine with his tongue.

The small seal script for the character is

which is similar to the bronze script on the left part, the right part is same as a person who is drinking.

The clerical script for the character is

which is changed a lot, not much similarity to the old scripts. The left part actually means Eat, not Wine Pot. Right part means Owe, not a person who is drinking. The reason why it changed to this form is unknown.

The current standard song typeface of traditional character is

very similar to the clerical script.

The song typeface of simplified character is

Its pinyin is Yin3.


  1. I really like your way of thinking/teaching Chinese, and am planning to try to use your method to teach my 5 year old child. What is the most common problem(s) to apply your method and how can I avoid it? In addition, how long can the student remember usually?

    1. Please don't emphasize how many characters your 5 years old can remember, which is not my purpose to create the blog. Let him/her to read and draw the characters, especially the shell bone, small seal scripts. If he/she is interested, keep going. Just let him/her enjoy the drawing, and the pictures.

      You may teach how to write the clerical script with pencil, which is same as the song typeface script. But don't ask him/her to memorize. It is OK for him/her not being able to memorize the characters. To read the characters, and know the evolution of the characters is more important than memorize them.

      If he/she feels it interesting, wants to learn more, you are in right track. If he/she feels it boring, or too much, you are in wrong track, need to adjust.

      Good luck.