The Chinese character 良
And its component form
- very much
In addition to being a character, 良 is also a character component
When used as a component in a Chinese character, 良 is a phonetic component. It brings its pronunciation “liáng” to the words it’s in, or the characters in its in will sound close to “liáng”.
As a rule of thumb, you can consider words that contain 良 will either be pronounced “liáng” or “liàng” (different tones), niang (different initial), or “lang”.
These characters all contain 良 and sound like “liáng”, “lang” or “niang”.
When used as a character component, 良 can also be found in a word pronounced “yang”, which is close to the sound “liang”.
The Chinese language is over 5000 years old, so, unsurprisingly, some characters’ pronunciations have evolved a little over time. Chinese characters containing 良 will therefore sometimes have a pronunciation close to the sound “liang” but not quite the same. You’ll also meet characters that contain 良 and are pronounced “lang” or “niang”. But pay attention to this character because the word 養 is an exception.
All 80,000+ Chinese characters share the same character components. Chinese character components are therefore essential for Chinese learners: they are the building blocks of Chinese. Character character components help tremendously with understanding a character: they provide information on its meaning or on its pronunciation. In short, knowing character components will help you analyse, learn and remember each Chinese character much better.
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