Chinese radical show – “body” radical (32)

Posted by Grace Feng on April 18, 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 either “moon” or “body parts” – 月 yuè : 

If it is placed on the right hand side, it’s mostly related to “the moon”. On left hand side, it’s related to human body parts. It appears mostly on left hand side, so I take “body” as it’s main meaning. The following are a few examples: 

As meaning of “moon”: 明 míng (bright, light [both sun and moon are sources of light]) etc.

As meaning of “body parts”: 胳膊 gēbo (arm), 腿 tuǐ (leg), 脚 jiǎo (foot), 肝 gān (liver), 腹 fù (belly) etc.

Chinese radical show – “body” radical (32)


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