Memory Phrase (Mnemonic) for 简


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Meaning

simple, uncomplicated, letter (=formerly bamboo strips)

Pronunciation

jiǎn

Explanation

Top: bamboo 竹, below: gap/space 间/間 (The sun 日 shines though the gate 门/門 due to a gap.)

Mnemonic

(With a fence, it is time-consuming to cut the elements to fit precisely and without gaps). If you build bamboo on a gap (= with spaces in between), you make it very simple.

Radicals

bamboo
between, among
gate(Simplified from 門, which shows a gate with two wings.)

Vocabulary

简直 jiǎn zhí simply; at all; practically
简便 jiǎn biàn simple and convenient; handy
简单 jiǎn dān simple; not complicated
简称 jiǎn chēng abbreviation; short form
简化 jiǎn huà simplify
简明 jiǎn míng simple and clear; concise
简陋 jiǎn lòu simple and crude (of a room or building)
因陋就简 yīn lòu jiù jiǎn crude but simple methods (idiom); use whatever methods you can; to do things simply and thriftily; It's not pretty but it works.

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