We will introduce two Chinese radicals today, the Human radical 亻 which is normally added on the left side of a Chinese character. The second radical is Mountain 山, it’s developed from a hieroglyphic symbol for hill, mountain (with 3 peaks).
山 mountain pronunciation: Shān
Look at the animation of the strokes for Mountain symbol 山, the strokes are either horizontal or vertical bars, pretty easy to write, isn’t it?
Now the next symbol is 仙, the combination of the Human radical 亻 plus Mountain 山. What does that mean? The ancient Chinese people believed that some taoists lived in deep mountains practicing their “Chi氣, Qi气” in order to become immortal beings. That’s why this 仙 symbol is Human radical 亻 plus Mountain 山, and it turns a noun, with several meanings in Chinese, such as “god, deity, fairy, faerie, immortal being.”
仙 immortal being pronunciation: Xiān
By the way, it’s not hard to write this 仙 symbol. This symbol is also good for tatto…