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Finally spring has come. As the temperature rises, flowers bloom one after another. It’s the time that we get out of the air-conditioned room and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Speaking of spring flowers, there is one type of flower that I think stands out first. That is RAPE FLOWER! It's like the messenger of spring. Every time we see the blossomed flowers we know spring is approaching.


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The Chinese Zodiac, or in Chinese shēngxiào, relates each year in a 12-year cycle to an animal and somewhat anthropomorphc attributes connected to that animal. It is similar to the Western Zodiac in that it uses a 12-part cycle (though years, not months) and it connects attributes of that cycle to a person based on the time of their birth.

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1. 一 (yī)

English: One

The character for “one” in Chinese is simply one horizontal stroke.

Incidentally, the characters for two 二 (èr) and three 三 (sān) are also simple horizontal strokes. One, two and three are quite easy to remember, since one is one stroke, two is two strokes, etc.

One in Chinese is used in references to the singular, such as a single person 一个人(yī gè rén).

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