I would like to know, so all radicals and non-radicals that make up Chinese character have names?

If so, then where can I find a radical and non-radical Chinese character component dictionary?

I was thinking, that if someone was teaching, they may want to use name (and perhaps also 的-descriptions, for disambiguation), when teaching them.

This would also have the advantage, of, adding visually impaired people understand, the various components a character was made up of, which might help explain its meaning, a pronunciation clue, or even, which I think would be very nice, a story related to the parts that make up a character.

In theory, it would be nice to have a Braille system, where a long sequence of Braille characters, told the user on a Braille device (which could also speak), the exact components and layout of these radical and non-radical components.

After all, blind users may be curious.

Braillant display picture

  • cf。"教学汉字规范手册"ISBN7-107-12694-6,汉字的笔画及笔画名称(31,named at this site before),汉字的部件及较难称说部件的名称(第13页-第32页)(e。g。偏旁:二,名称:二字头,例字:元云亓)汉字的部首及部首名称(第33页-第39页)(e。g。部首:阝,名称:双耳部)
    – user6065
    Sep 22, 2016 at 9:35
  • Sorry, my Chinese is not advanced enough to be able to red this. Is there a Chinese or Chineseand English resource online accessible to learners. I don't think I have a way to grab a good of the book. Thanks. Sep 22, 2016 at 10:37
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    search web using e。g。"汉字的部件的名称":one result with table: elitechinese.org/chinesestructure.pdf, for names of the 31 strokes search web using e.g. "汉字的笔画及笔画名称" -> torontomandarinschool.com/download/chinese_writing_strokes.pdf
    – user6065
    Sep 22, 2016 at 11:58
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    Short answer is, yes there is, and it's a important part of early education (first a few years in elementary school). Chinese-Chinese directories also has a index to look up characters by component, to solve the problem that "How do I find out how to pronounce that strange symbol?" or "How am I suppose to look it up in the dictionary if I don't know the pinyin" kind of chicken-egg problem. Sep 22, 2016 at 15:53
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    keep searching web using e.g. 汉字部件名称, one result with 43 names:wenku.baidu.com/view/cb49ad2058fb770bf78a550e.html### -> longer list with 汉字常用偏旁部首名称表 wenku.baidu.com/view/451f66045727a5e9856a618b.html
    – user6065
    Oct 11, 2016 at 14:30

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try this website, it's helped me when i see a character but don't know how to pronounce it. it tells you what the radical and non-radical is called as well. hope it helps you.

  • It seems to me some radicals and non-radicals have names, and some do not. Oct 11, 2016 at 8:44
  • is it possible to paste the radicals / non radicals you're referring to here? i'll see if there are other websites available.
    – edisun_23
    Oct 12, 2016 at 2:33

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