Good Characters. That's who we are; that's what we do.

California (559) 472-3320

Contact

Account

The

Chinese Alphabet

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Your
Account

The Chinese Alphabet Letter “I”

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

...

工 (gōng) Work

 

I think this character looks like the cutout view of a large iron beam used to build high-rise buildings. It also looks like cutout view of a railroad rail.

 

工欲善其事,必先利其器 (Gōng yù shàn qí shì, bì xiān lì qí qì) A workman must first sharpen his tools if he is to do his work well. It can also mean one must have good tools in order to do a good job.

 

Traditionally in China, people or occupations are categorized in one of these four ways:

Chinese Pinyin Meaning

士 Shì gentry scholars

農 (农) Nóng peasant farmers

工 Gōng artisans and craftsmen

商 Shāng merchants and traders

Twelve years of providing authentic characters for 3,000+ small businesses in North America and 45 countries worldwide. California, U.S.A.

Copyright © 2001-2014 Good Characters, Inc. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy