Beautiful phonetic characters!
These characters are a beautiful illustration of this, 口 on the left suggests the character relates to the mouth and the right component always brings the sound.
cry, shout; to call, to greet, to hail
to eat; to drink; to suffer, to endure, to bear
to drink; to shout, to call out
to sing, to chant, to call; ditty, song
to argue, to dispute; to annoy, to disturb
少 also brings chǎo pronounciation in 炒
Combined with the character for air
means to inhale
to inhale, to suck in; to absorb; to attract
can be used to make a sentence sound more casual, for example
particle used to express surprise
means would you like to take a bite? Isn't Mandarin so efficient!
final interrogative particle