Posted by Grace Feng on March 17, 2012
In this series you’ll meet Chinese radicals that frequently appear in Chinese characters. To make it simple for you to memorize, I’ll just simply make a beautiful card with the radical on it’s left, and one English word to explain what it symbolizes on the right.
In Chinese, radical is called 偏旁 piān páng. Today we’ll learn the radical that is related to “heart” – 心 xīn: 忄and 心.
As you’ve seen, there are two “heart” radicals in Chinese. If it is placed on the left hand side position, it appears like this:忄. If it’s placed on the bottom of a character, it appears like a squashed version of this: 心. Most characters that have this radical are related to certain reaction that involves accelerating heartbeat or willpower from the heart. Example characters are: 怕 pà (scared), 惊慌 jīng huāng (panic), 恐怖 kǒng bù (horrible), 心愿 xīn yuàn (wish) etc.
Category: Chinese radicals
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