Chinese radical show – “water” radical (4)

Posted by Grace Feng on March 16, 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 部首 bù shǒu or 偏旁 piān páng. Today we’ll learn the radical that is related to “water” – 水 shuǐ : 

Isn’t it look like splashed water? Let’s have a look at the transformation of Chinese character “water” – 水 shuǐ from Chinese oracle bone script 3500 years ago to today’s modernized Chinese. The following image is copyrighted by www.vividict.com:

Chinese radical show – “water” radical (4)

The characters that have this radical are definitely water related, such as:  海 hǎi (sea), 河 hé (river), 湖 hú (lake), 渴 kě (thirsty) etc.

Chinese radical show – “water” radical (4)


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2 Responses to “Chinese radical show – “water” radical (4)”

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    07-01-2013 8:46 pm

    then why in the word 没 it has the water radical? How is ‘not’ and ‘water’ related?


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      Grace Feng:

      07-03-2013 3:01 am

      Hi 月光,

      没 actually has another pronunciation “mò”, which means “submerged in the water”. I believe that was the root of the character. An example word of that pronunciation is “沉没” (sink).

      The second pronunciation of this character is “méi”, which means “no, not”. This one has nothing to do with water.

      Hope this helps …



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