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Top 10 Must Know Chinese Radicals

Updated: May 1, 2020

Chinese radicals or 部首 (bùshǒu) help us to understand the correct meaning of characters in the Chinese language. They are graphical components of the Chinese character and are building blocks that appear within characters. This makes the characters easier to remember.

To illustrate, the radical 灬 huǒ is a simplification of the character of fire as four fire dots. Some example of words that use this radical includes 蒸 (to steam) and 煮 (to cook), acts of which would require "fire" to accomplish.

Watch the YouTube clip below to see what are the top 10 Chinese radicals that you should know.

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