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Chinese Lesson: The Characters for Left and Right
Knowing the Chinese words for left and right can be very helpful when it comes to giving directions or pointing something out. Easily remember how to say and write left and right in Chinese with these few explanations.
Breaking Down the Character
The Chinese character for left is 左 (zuǒ). The character is composed of two elements: the radical 工 (gōng) and a stylized version of the character 手 (shǒu).
The character 工 means worker or work. Pictographically, the word represents a carpenter's square. The character 手 means hand. Therefore, one can interpret 左 as a left hand holding a square.
Compare this with 右 (yòu), which means right. Both of these characters contain a stylized symbol of the word for hand. But in the case of 右, the character's second element is the word for mouth, 口 (kǒu). Because it is common to eat with the right hand, the inclusion of 口 (kǒu) reminds us that the definition of 右 is right.
Mandarin Vocabulary
Get a taste of how you can put the Chinese word for left and right to use with this chart of characters and phrases.
Characters Pinyin English
左边 zuǒ biān left (side)
右边 yòu biān right (side)
左轮手枪 zuǒ lún shǒu qiāng revolver
左右 zuǒ yòu about; approximately; left and right; around
左面 zuǒ miàn left side of something
左右勾拳 zuǒ yòu gōu quán the old one-two; a left and a right hook
向左 xiàng zuǒ facing left
向右 xiàng yòu facing right
中左 zhōngzuǒ center-left
相左 xiāngzuǒ to be at right angles
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