Learn one Chinese Character a day - 万 | 萬 (学习)
Same for the lesson on "千", please think again about the question “How would you create the Chinese character to mean ten thousand after knowing original meanings of 十， 百 and 千?”
Before answering the question, let us see 万 | 萬 evolution history first: ( image get from http://www.vividict.com)
Looking at Oracle Script of traditional version 萬, does it not look like a baby stretches out its hands to ask for something? Bronze Script added a handto mean to hold the baby.
Baby held in arm
It is now quite obvious that Chinese ancestors considered the next milestone of a person is "to have offspring". So and were used to mean next number after "千" as "Ten Thousand".
Evolved and been simplified further from Seal Script to Clerical Script , it is very close to what we used now for traditional version of "Ten Thousand" - 萬.
As for simplified version 万, it suddenly appeared in Clerical Script. Chinese Linguists guess that it was related to Buddhism symbol 卐.
万 (Simplified Version) | 萬 (Traditional Version) means "Ten Thousand".
Some example numbers:
123456 - 一十二万三千四百五十六。
Now it is time to enjoy a Chinese Calligraphy with "万 | 萬" inside.
In Chinese numbering system, there is one more character "亿" after "万", and "亿" means "one hundred million". Again, if it were you, how would you create a character to mean "one hundred million"?
- Learn one Chinese Character a day - 万 | 萬 - sandodo(sandodo), 2015-12-21 10:28 (#35809) (学习)
- 这个字画也够多的，学习了，谢谢。 - 风动心动了无痕(skyhigh), 2015-12-21 10:48 (#35812)