Male (男 nań )

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Note the word 男 consists of two halves, upper and lower. The upper half is 田tiań which means field or farmland.
[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/12-tian.mp3|titles=12-tian]The lower half is 力 lì which means strength, power or ability.
[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/12-li.mp3|titles=12-li]Thus a man represents power and strength in the rice fields of China.


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