Posted by Grace Feng on April 6, 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 “money or goods with a price” – 贝 bèi (treasure): 贝
This radical can be placed on the left or bottom. When you write, make sure the shape of it be adjusted to fit the spot. On the left, it should become skinnier, on the bottom, it should become wider and shorter. :-) Most characters that have this radical are related to money, goods that can be used in business deals, or gift with a good value. The following are a few examples: 贺 hè (celebrate [celebrate with valuable gifts]), 质 zhì (quality [quality of goods])，财 cái (money or fortune), 贪 tān (greedy [greedy on money])，贱 jiàn (cheap) etc.
Category: Chinese radicals
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