动物 and the anima
最近我学习两个词语: 《动物》和《动作》。我想想: what the animal has to do with the action? 然后我查查什么是《动》： to move. 所以《动物》是一个能动作的东西。英语词语 “animal” comes from latin word “anima”, which also is related to movement (like in animation; an animated or inanimated object). If we go far in Indo-European languages, the radical ane- is related to the action of breathing. Some similar idea seems also to be present in the component 云 from 动, if we think the clouds as something related to the air.