Radicals I

  • Chinese characters can be decomposed into components called radicals.
  • The most commonly accepted table of radicals for traditional Chinese characters consists of 214 entries.
  • Today we are going to learn 7 out of the 214 radicals, which form more than 1,000 characters each.

List of Chinese Radicals

Radical English Name Chinese Name Pronunciation
Grass 草字头
cǎo zì tóu
氵(水) Water (literally means three drops of water.) 三点水
sān diǎn shuǐ
Wood 木字旁
mù zì páng
扌(手) Hand 提手旁
tí shǒu páng
Mouth 口字旁
kǒu zì páng
忄(心) Heart 竖心旁
shù xīn páng
Insect 虫字旁
chóng zì páng

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3 thoughts on “Radicals I”

  1. Hi Min Min,
    I realise that you haven’t post an article on the insect radical (虫).. Will you be doing so in the future? Just curious =)

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