The character 门

And its component form

 门

mén

  1. door
  2. gate

The character  门 was created to look like the image of door. Can you see it?

门  is both a character and a character component


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 can be used as a meaning component in a Chinese character. You’ll find 门  in characters related to doors, gates and things that are closed.

These characters all contain 门 :

Shuān

latch

to shut; to obstruct

nào

noisy

(imagine there’s a market in your house and how noisy it is)

shǎn

to avoid; to dodge

When used as a component, 门  can also change shapes.

The component 门  is usually easy to spot, once you know it can also take another form, its traditional form.

You can find it in words looking like this in words like:

jiàn: to spy

pēng: the sound of a door opening or closing

Do you see how 门 looks in its traditional form?

You’ll also find the meaning component 门 in many other Chinese characters. Browse the full list here.

All 80,000+ Chinese characters share the same character components. Character components are therefore essential for Chinese learners: they are the building blocks of Chinese. 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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