今天today

Chinese name: 今天

Pinyin: jīn tiān

English name: today

Characters: The first character 今 is an ideographic character. In oracle bones, it is a picture of a mouth facing downwards and it meant to mumble or to talk to oneself quietly. Now the character simply means now or this.

The second character 天 is also an ideographic character. Originally in oracle bones, it is a picture of a big person with sky above him. Now the character simply means sky or day.

A literal translation of 今天 in English is this day.

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