Chinese Alphabet I 工

工 (gōng) Work

I think this character looks like the cutout view of a large iron beam used to build high-rise buildings. It also looks like cutout view of a railroad rail.



工欲善其事,必先利其器 (Gōng yù shàn qí shì, bì xiān lì qí qì) A workman must first sharpen his tools if he is to do his work well. It can also mean one must have good tools in order to do a good job.

Traditionally in China, people or occupations are categorized in one of these four ways:

ChinesePinyinMeaning
Shìgentry scholars
農 (农)Nóngpeasant farmers
Gōngartisans and craftsmen
Shāngmerchants and traders

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About Chinese Alphabet

Symbols were selected based on their visual similarity to corresponding English alphabet letters. Only real Chinese characters are used. Only characters that are positive or neutral in meaning are included.

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