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Chinese radical show – “mountain” radical (50)

Posted by Grace Feng on September 22, 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 “mountain“:

Most characters that have this radical are somewhat connected to “mountain” in one way or another. The following are a few examples: 阳 yáng (bright [the side of mountain that has sunshine], 阴 yīn (shadowed [the side of mountain that is shadowed]), 队 duì (group, team [a group of people climbing the mountain]) etc.

Chinese radical show – “mountain” radical (50)

 

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6 Responses to “Chinese radical show – “mountain” radical (50)”

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    白睿:

    09-24-2012 2:46 pm

    Thank for that one Grace. I had NO IDEA that it stood for mountain! Apparently when it is on the left-hand side (as above) it is pronounced ‘fù’, and, when on the right-hand side it is pronounced ‘yì’ (with the meaning of ‘city’).

    So where does the character 山 fit in all this? It is also the word for mountain and also appears as a radical component in many geographical features.

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      Grace:

      09-24-2012 4:22 pm

      白睿, I was exactly prepared for this question when I posted the “mountain” radical. Cuz you’re right, “山” is a more straight forward “mountain” radical compared to this one. However, according to my research, this radical (when placed on the left) does represent “mountain”, more of “mountain slope” in it’s ancient existance.

      Then the question is, there will be two “mountain” radicals, how do I differentiate them? Maybe “mountain 1” and “mountain 2”? Or any suggestions to put “mountain slope” in one word? :-)

      As for your following info:

      “Apparently when it is on the left-hand side (as above) it is pronounced ‘fù’, and, when on the right-hand side it is pronounced ‘yì’ (with the meaning of ‘city’).”

      I am quite impressed that how well knowledged you are on this topic!! I bet 99999 out of 100000 native Chinese would not know how to pronounce this radical no matter it’s on the left or right! (I am with the 99999, unfortunately … :-((( )

      So thanks for that precious tip! :-)

      Grace

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    白睿:

    09-25-2012 12:14 pm

    Hello Grace, I am not that clever! I only know because I have a book titled: “Reading and Writing Chinese” by William McNaughton which mentions the fact. Still, I am very surprised at your revelation that so few Chinese would know how to pronounce the two characters.

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      Grace:

      09-26-2012 2:42 am

      That’s simply because the two characters you refer to are not characters you can use in any sentence nowadays. There are in total about 90,000 Chinese characters, but the currently used, the ones you really need to care about are only around 4000. That being said, as long as you pass 2000 milestone, you should be able to handle most reading materials.

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