先

Meta:

  1. 先 is the 188th most frequent character.
  2. 先 has 1 dictionary entry.
  3. 先 appears as a character in 72 words.
  4. 先 appears as a component in 11 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
先 => ⺧, 儿
Radical :
先 => ⺧ (cow), 儿 (legs)
Graphical :
先 => ⺧, 丿, 乚

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. xian1 - early/prior/former/in advance/first

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. There are no phonetic clues for this character.

Example Words:

High Frequency

先 
先生 

Medium Frequency

事先 
优先 (優先)
先后 (先後)
先进 (先進)
先锋 (先鋒)
抢先 (搶先)
祖先 
领先 (領先)
首先 

后

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Meta:

  1. 后 is the 48th most frequent character.
  2. 后 has 3 dictionary entries.
  3. 后 appears as a character in 174 words.
  4. 后 appears as a component in 6 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
后 => ⺁, 𠮛
Radical :
后 => ⺁ (cliff), 一 (one), 口 (mouth)
Graphical :
后 => 丿, ㇒, 一, 口

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. Hou4 - surname Hou
  2. hou4 - empress/queen
  3. hou4 - back/behind/rear/afterwards/after/later

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. Pronunciation clue for 后 (hou4): The component 口 is pronounced as 'kou3'. It has the same pinyin final.

Example Words:

High Frequency

之后 (之後)
以后 (以後)
后 
最后 (最後)
然后 (然後)

Medium Frequency

事后 (事後)
今后 (今後)
先后 (先後)
前后 (前後)
午后 (午後)
天后 
幕后 (幕後)
往后 (往後)
后代 (後代)
后来 (後來)
后台 (後台)
后天 (後天)
后宫 (後宮)
后年 (後年)
后悔 (後悔)
后期 (後期)
后果 (後果)
后者 (後者)
后卫 (後衛)
后退 (後退)
后遗症 (後遺症)
后面 (後面)
日后 (日後)
皇后 
背后 (背後)
落后 (落後)
身后 (身後)
过后 (過後)
酒后 (酒後)
随后 (隨後)

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后 also appears in:
Decomposition Levels:
Level 1: Only divided once. So only two components.
Level 2: Radical Decomposition. The character gets decomposed into its lowest radical components. For the complete list visit the Radical wikipedia page.
Level 3: Graphical Decomposition. Shows all the strokes & lowest level of components that make up the character.
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