Food, clothing, housing and transportation are the basic necessities of human life. Our word of this week is 行–‘transportation/walk’.


行 is pronounced xíng /háng 


行(xíng /háng)was first seen in the Oracle, its original meaning is “a crossroads”. In the book of Shu Wen Jie Zi ,when it refers to people, it means to “walk or jog on the road”, it is pronounced xíng.

Later it was extended to industry, business or professions. For these definitions, it is pronounced háng.


千里之行,始于足下(qiān lǐ zhī xíng, shǐ yú zú xià)

Literally, it means a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In English it is equivalent to the saying, “great oaks from little acorns grow”. 

行行出状元(háng háng chū zhuàng yuán) 

It means every profession produces its own topmost master.

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