上(shàng)is a single component character which means up, a word for direction. Wouldn’t you want to make progress in your daily life liking you are going up? So our word of this week is 上 – ‘up’.

Pronunciation

上 is pronounced shàng.

Meaning

The character 上(shàng)was first seen in Oracle bone script which means up or higher place. The horizontal at the bottom serves like a baseline, while the upper short horizontal means it is above the baseline, hence, up, upper or above.

Example:

天天向上(tiān tiān xiàng shàng)
Meaning: Making progress everyday.

上脸( shàng liǎn)
Meaning: it either means one’s face turning red after drinking wine or kids being whiny, showing not much respect to elders but playing jokes with them.

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