The only Chinese word you ever need to learn

I made some Chinese New Year cards early this year. The main colour is, of course, red.

For Chinese, red is the symbol of fortune and prosperity. Older people prefer red more than the youngsters. During the Chinese New Year, red is the only colour.

Always red. If you try to be cool or being different by wearing black or white during the Chinese New Year, you’ll get told off by your mum.

I later asked my son to write 福 (fú)  –Happiness — on small cards, and attached them onto the cards. The cards instantly looked more stunning. I’m so proud of Ben.

Happiness –  福 (fú)on Chinese New Year cards

If you only ever learn ONE Chinese word in your life, then this is the word to learn: 福 (fú) –Happiness. Why?

Because 福 (fú) — means happiness, being blessed, fortune, luck. It is simply a word of joy. It is a useful word for you to learn.

Chinese character 福 fu/fuk: luck and happiness

Chinese character 福 fu/fuk: luck and happiness

The word 福  is also easy to remember too. The part on the left means ‘God’ or worship; the part on the right means ‘a plot of land’. Don’t you think the image of 田 looks exactly like a plot of land?

If you follow this link to Yellow Bridge website, you will see a lovely animation of this word 福 (fú). It is really not that difficult to write. It contains only 13 strokes.

Why not try writing this word yourself today?

Ben helped me write 福 (happiness)

p/s: The lovely stamp set I used was Easter Blossoms. I used this because the cherry blossoms image looked like Plum Blossom, which is the most cherished plant by the Chinese as it symbolises strength and  resilience.

Plum blossoms in Nanjing, China.

Plum blossoms in Nanjing, China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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14 thoughts on “The only Chinese word you ever need to learn

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  2. Lorelle VanFossen

    Love this. When I arrived in Israel, people would ask me how I was doing learning the language. I would tell them I was now fluent. They’d be stunned then laugh when I would explain that I knew only two words. “You can’t be fluent with only two words.”

    The words were “ball-ah-gone” and “bey-say-ter” (phonetic). The first one means big freaking mess, anarchy, crazy, out of control, disaster, chaos. The second one means everything is fine, okay, it’s just right, no problems, take it easy, simple, peaceful. They would then roar with laughter after I would say the words because everything in the Middle East is one of these two extremes and nothing in the middle. With these, I could navigate the country just fine.

    Love your word better!

    Reply
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