Chinese radical show – “ghost” radical (35)

Posted by Grace Feng on April 28, 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 “ghost“: 鬼 guǐ – 鬼.

Most characters that have this radical originated from ghost related things. The following are a few examples: 魁 kuí (tall and sturdy [the big guy to fight ghost]), 魅 mèi (deamon, charm), 魂魄 hún pò (soul) etc.

Chinese radical show – “ghost” radical (35)



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3 Responses to “Chinese radical show – “ghost” radical (35)”

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    04-28-2012 12:09 pm

    I like how 鬼 is often used as a suffix and added onto other words to denote undesirable qualities, for example: 酒鬼(drunkard),胆小鬼(coward),懒鬼 (lazybones),老色鬼(lecher/pervert). Is it ever used in a positive context Grace?



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      04-28-2012 1:36 pm

      positive context? yes, but mostly are used on kids: 淘气鬼(trouble maker (child)), 小鬼 (nickname for little kid), 机灵鬼 (very smart kid)… can’t think of any positive on adults…


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