Posted by Grace Feng on March 21, 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 symbolize on the right.
In Chinese, radical is called 偏旁 piān páng. Today we’ll learn the radical that is called “lid” – 盖 gài: 宀.
Lid radical is always placed on the top part of a character. Actually, the lid radical originally refer to “under the roof of …”. It can be deemed as the roof of a house or a shed. It’s not hard to figure out the logic behind some characters with lid radicals on top. Such as 安 ān (quiet, peaceful): a girl 女 nǚ sitting in the house. Or 宝 bǎo (treasure): hiding a jade 玉 yù in the house. You get the picture.
The following characters are some examples that have lid radicals: 安宁 ān níng (peaceful), 宝 bǎo (treasure), 定 dìng (stable), 家 jiā (home).
Category: Chinese radicals
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