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Questions tagged [radicals]

Questions about the radical components of chinese characters.

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The number of “components” (potentially) to define a Chinese character typeface

This post goes into some hypotheticals on how long it might take to design a Chinese font compared to a Latin font. It shows an image of potentially some "radicals" which could be used as the base ...
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Can one radical contain another radical?

For example, in https://ceritabahasa.co/2015/01/07/tabel-radikal-bushou-hanzi/ character 犬 quǎn means dog seems to contain character 大 which means big. It seems to me that quan is just da with ...
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Radicals in 等 - Why 士 instead of 土?

Why does this page list the radicals for 等 as 竹, 士, and 寸 when the word appears to use 土?
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What is the true pinyin pronunciation for this radical?

I'm trying to learn a new method for learning and understanding chinese characters. So, I decided to start with memorizing every chinese radical. I'm use two different source but both wrote two ...
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Chinese character decomposition

I found that many (most?) of chinese charaters look like composed of more primitive ones, like 做 = 亻十口夂 你 = 亻尔 吃 = 卩乙 and so on. I this a real phenomenon or just my europeen imagination? If it ...
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隹 colloquial name

To start, let's note that the colloquial names of the radicals different from those of the dictionary differ. For example if I asked a native Chinese person what is 彳, they would certainly respond 双人旁,...
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Why are the lists of Kangxi radicals different everywhere?

I'm trying to find an "official" list of Kangxi radicals that I can rely on and currently, I use two different Chinese apps to look for characters. Today I have realized that the lists for Kangxi ...
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Common usage of 戈

I understand that the phonetic part of 我 (wo3) is pronounced 戈 (ge1). It seems also that it means (or used to mean) "Dagger"/"Sword", however the only references I can find to this character says that ...
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What is the difference between 嫐 and 嬲?

According to mdbg.net, both characters have a meaning of "to tease": 嬲 to tease / to disturb 嫐 to tease / to play around with Are both of them primarily used as synonyms for "tease"? Or are they ...
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Why is 伴 used for buddy?

Is it true that 伴 comes from the word, 半(half) and thus can be interpreted as (significant other person)?
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Meaning of 纸 in radicals

I was asked this in my Chinese class and have to write a mini paragraph on it: 解释一下“纸”这个字部首是什么?最早纸是什么意思? I know that the first part of 纸 means 丝绸, but what does the second part of the character ...
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Can I always write the 艹 (grass radical) with three lines only?

The 艹 (grass radical) is present in for example 歡 and 貓 and 喵 In some fonts it's rendered as two separate crosses 十十, in some as one horizontal line with two vertical lines crossing it. Can I always ...
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Why does 写 not have a dot on top?

Many hanzi have a roof on top, including a dot. From the HSK2 list, we have: 客 家 字 完 室 安 它 The commonly used hanzi 写 is unlike these because it does not have a dot on top. Chinese-tools.com ...
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Is there a reason the 月 radical occurs many times in body part names? [duplicate]

It's possible I'm reading too much into this, but there seems to be a lot of body parts which contain the 月 radical: 腿 (tuǐ) = leg 脚 (jiǎo) = foot 腰 (yāo) = waist (also 腰部 (yāobù)) 脸 (liǎn) = ...
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What are the radicals that make up 地?

What are the radicals that make up the character "地"? Just from looking at it, it looks like "土" and "也" but "也" is a word not a radical. MDBG also has this break down, and in turn breaks "也" down ...
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Radical choice for 安全

A simple question, why does the lower half of 安全 (safe), have the female character: 女 ? Is it implying that safety pertains only to females being secure? Or is there no such implication? I'd like to ...
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Radicals vs glyph origins (specifically for character 肚 in 肚 子)

I am trying to learn some vocabulary and am looking at the radicals to help me remember. The problem is, the radicals in some characters don't seem to make sense to me at all. In 肚, the two radicals ...
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Same radical/character with different pronunciation

I'm currently learning the 214 radicals and also the words for HSK1. I have noticed a few times that some characters in the radical list have a different pronunciation to the characters in the HSK1 ...
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The Radical 辶 (Chuo)

https://www.mdbg.net/chinese/dictionary?page=worddict&wdrst=0&wdqb=zhe If you click on the character zhe here, you will get an option to figure out what the stroke order is. For some reason ...
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Radical repetition in MTR station names

Why do several mtr stations' chinese names (traditional chinese) contain characters with repeated radicals? These characters do not really form an english word but individually have a meaning, so I ...
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Significance of 門 in traditional chinese

I have seen 門 used as a 'radical' for many traditional chinese characters in Hong Kong. Is there a historical reason? I thought 門 means gate but what does gate have anything to do with 'happy', 開心 ?
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Character-component “spelling” software

I was just reading about China's problem with rare given names and the absence of them in computer databases? For example, there was an individual with the given name pronounced "cheng" composed of 马 ...
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How many stroke does Chinese Traditional Word “蕭” have?

I have referred to China Mainland Online Dictionary and Online Stroke Order Dictionary of Ministry of Education of Republic of China Both are giving different numbers of stroke for this word. ...
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Are there characters in which the radicals are the same but the position changes the meaning?

Are there any characters in Chinese that have the same radicals in their formation, but the position of those radicals result in different meanings. e.g. A character made up of two radicals, AB, and ...
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How do I look up a graph in 說文通訓定聲?

I'd like to look up 䟠 in 說文通訓定聲. My library has at least two versions of this (multi volume) book. A (poorly) scanned version of it lives here: http://ctext.org/library.pl?if=gb&res=1866 (it's ...
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Why a cat and dog share the same 'dog' radical?

I have noticed that a cat and dog share the same radical, which is 犭dog (quǎn). So, if we break the words down: 猫 cat (māo) = 犭dog (quǎn) + 艹 cǎo (grass) + 田 tián (field) 狗 dog (gǒu) = 犭dog (quǎn) +...
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Chinese names for different types of radicals?

According to the Wikipedia article Radical (Chinese characters), the Chinese name for radical is 部首 (bùshǒu; literally "section header"). The term appears to originate from the 2nd-century dictionary ...
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Radical names and stroke names

Sometimes a character component has one pronunciation as a Kangxi radical, another one as a stroke, and perhaps even more: 一: yī / héng 丨: gǔn / shù 丶: zhǔ / diǎn 亅: jué / shùgōu 乙: yǐ / ...
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Understandable names of the radicals

I'm looking for names of radicals that are universally used and understandable. As far as I know, the official radical names, e.g. 水部 aren't really used. I know that, in this particular case, the name ...
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Question to radical (部首)“辵”

to my understanding a radical is the smallest character you can disassemble a word into (correct me if I`m wrong). However the radical 辵 seems to be a combination out of two other radicals: 止 (in the ...
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What is this radical called? 

If you can't see it, it's the same radical on top of 篇. What is it? What does it mean? I've been trying to search for it on Google, on dictionaries, and other places, but I can't find any information ...
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What do the character components in 旅 and 派 represent?

Everyone has their most hard to remember characters. For me, these two were hard (旅 and 派), until today I just noticed that the bottom right pay looks just like the character 刃 (the edge of a knife), ...
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Do all 汉字 components (radicals and non-radicals) have names?

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 ...
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Meaning of 嫑 and its middle radical

The entire character 嫑 seems to be pronounced or translated to "bao". What does this character 嫑 mean? Specifically, I'd really like to know the meaning of the middle symbol on its own as well. The ...
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Should 屋 and 居 use radical 户 instead of 尸?

户 means home. So these examples are not suprising: 房 fáng (house), 扁 biǎn (flat), 扇 shàn (fan [mostly used indoor]), 扉 fēi (door) 尸 means corpse, and it looks like it refers to tail or something ...
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Why do some Chinese characters for animals not use the radical 犭?

why some Chinese words don't use the rule of prefix?
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Has anybody heard of 嵌套结构(nested structure)? The dictionary I use lists 中 as it instead of 单一结构

I started (resuming) learning Chinese recently. And decided to go from learning the components first since I thought that it would give me a headstart. I found guoxuedashi, a online service/dictionary ...
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Are radicals a relatively new invention for looking up dictionaries?

According to this article, radicals were invented for looking up characters in a dictionary, and didn't exist until after the publication of the Shuōwén Jiězì [說文解字] (around 100 AD). Is it true that ...
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Bottom component of 青 and 䏍

When learning how to write, I had always assumed that the lower component of the left component 䏍 of 能 was just a lower variant of 月. A couple of days ago, however, I decided to look it up, and I ...
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How to type 辶 using 拼音

How does one type the radical 辶 using the standard method of entering 拼音 (as opposed to, for example, 五笔)? (Typing "chuo" does not seem to bring this choice up on Windows using Microsoft Pinyin, ...
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Which radicals are used mostly just as phonetic?

Some radicals do not seem to be commonly in use for their meaning, but only to convey pronounciation. As answer to this question and many websearches revealed. Is that true for many radicals? Could ...
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Radical meaning vs characters in use

The radical 阜 and its other form 阝, used on the left, supposedly means mound or dam. Looking at image web search hits for 阜 or 阝, I get nothing related to dam or mound. When I look up the Chinese ...
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Maximum Number of Lateral Radicals

Is there a and if yes what is the maximum number of radicals that can be there in a Chinese Character?
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When radicals make words does Chinese convey two layers of meaning all the time?

I can recognize and translate the 215 radicals. Now, I'm told radicals combine with each other and other characters to make words, and that some radicals denote sound for pronunciation of the word. ...
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Confusion about the ice radical 冫

As far as I know, the character for "ice" is 冰, and the radical derived from it is 冫 . I find it a bit weird that the ice radical 冫 is the radical for the ice character 冰 itself (ice + water = ice ...
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Radicals: inescapable?

I've started to learn independently some Chinese (on printed material mainly) but a friend who has studied the language at University level suggested I learn the radicals as a necessary start. A ...
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Does the beta like character (as in 陳, 附 and many more) in Chinese have a special meaning?

It probably doesn't. I tried searching but couldn't find one. But would be great if it does! Would help me remember so many new words. I hope somebody has figured out a pedagogical role of that ...
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Typing Chinese radicals?

Is there a way to type radicals on a computer? I'd like to insert some in a document I'm writing but I'm not sure how to write those that don't correspond to an actual word. Any tips? Thanks!
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What are the radical names?

I noticed the kangxi radicals all have two ways that people refer to them. For example: 氵 is sometimes called shuǐ, sometimes called 三点水. 饣 is sometimes called shí or 食字旁. What are the correct names ...
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When breaking down a character, what do you do for parts where no radical exists?

For example, 留. 刀 and 田 are obvious, but the top left? 匚 厶 come close but no match. Pleco says 卯, but I don't see this in many radical charts.