The Chinese character 看 (kàn) means look or see. It is a compound of two characters: Hand (手) and eyes (目).
Both 手 (shǒu) and 目 (mù) are pictographs. Although their modern forms are somewhat stylized, their earlier forms clearly showed the palm and fingers of the hand and the pupil of the eye.
Since we often look at things by placing the hand above the eye, the character 看 is an ideal representation of seeing.
Mandarin Vocabulary With Kàn
|Traditional Characters||Simplified Characters||Pinyin||English|
|依我來看||依我来看||yī wǒ lái kàn||as I see it; in my opinion|
|從外表來看||从外表来看||cóng wài biǎo lái kàn||seen from the outside|
|注意看||注意看||zhù yì kàn||watch carefully|
|看不起||看不起||kàn bu qǐ||look down upon; despise|
|看得見||看得见||kàn dé jiàn||visible|
|看病||看病||kàn bìng||see a doctor; see a patient|
|殺雞給猴看||杀鸡给猴看||shā jī gěi hóu kàn||"kill a chicken in front of a monkey" - make an example out of someone (by punishing them) to frighten others|