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Pronunciation : chǔ
Meaning :
  1. foundation; base. (n)
Radical :
Strokes : 10
Traditional : ( Stroke Order )
Usage : 10.6%
Common Words / Phrases:
jī chǔ
: base; foundation; basis; underlying
dǎ jī chǔ
: prepare oneself for bigger tasks ahead; lay a foundation
1. He has a solid foundation in English.
de yīng chǔ jiào zhā shi
他的 : his
英语 : English
基础 : foundation
比较 : relatively
扎实 : solid
2. Compassion is the basis of all morality.
yǐn zhī xīn shì qiè dào de chǔ
恻隐之心 : compassion
: is
一切 : all
道德 : morality
: particle used after an attribute; to
基础 : base; basis
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6 thoughts on “础”

  1. 学习是一切生命的基础。 – can I say that? 🙂 I wonder what is the difference between 学 and 学习.

    Hello Min Min, may I also ask a special question? Do you know resources for learning how to read and write cursive handwriting style? For example when I see handwritten notes, I can never really recognize the strokes while every Chinese seems to have no problem to read it and to use it in every day situations. Is that something that develops naturally when you just write faster? Or is that something that is being taught in schools, like we learned cursive handwriting for our native language in the elementary school?

    Best regards, Martin

    1. Hi Martin,
      学习 can be used as noun while 学 cannot.

      For the Chinese cursive handwriting style, do you mean 草书?

      Basically we don’t learn this in school, and if the writing is too “messy”, I don’t think I can even read it.
      We learn to write characters properly and neatly in school. Once you are familiar with all the strokes, naturally you can write faster.
      As a beginner I don’t recommend you to write 草书 since this is a bit advance, and you may have problem in learning to write Chinese characters.

  2. Thank you, Min Min. Then 学习英语 means “English study/the learning of English”, while 学英语 means “to study English (language)”. I think I understand – thank you 🙂

    With “handwriting” I meant something more casual style, not this artistic style.

    In the elementary school in Germany I started for example with something like this for our alphabet: (later it became more and more messy, until I had my individual handwriting style)

    Here I found two examples: , , and this one is maybe too messy, but I think it is also casual handwriting: . It all does not look like written with the computer or printed in a book 🙂

    But, I researched more and found this Free Chinese Fonts website. I thought maybe these could be models for a casual handwriting that is a little bit faster: ,

    Then I also found a book about this topic: “Chinese Cursive Script: An Introduction to Handwriting in Chinese” by Fang Yu-Wang:

    Maybe I want to read that one later. But first I should learn more characters from your website, to have a better foundation 🙂

    Best regards, Martin

    1. Hi Martin,
      Sorry for the late reply.
      学习 can be used as verb or noun. But 学 normally is used as verb.
      学习英语 and 学英语 actually have the same meaning.

      I think as a beginner, one should learn to write proper Chinese characters, as the animated images that I posted daily. Position and order of the strokes are important for your written character to look neat and readable.
      Once you are familiar with the stroke orders and positions, you can write faster with more casual style.

      By the way, thanks for your link for the casual handwriting fonts. I install it on my computer and use it for some of my articles and design.

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