The Chinese Strokes and Radicals: 丨  ‘gǔn’ or ‘shù’?

Learning the Chinese language please be attentive not to mix the names of strokes in the Chinese characters and the names of simple radicals in the Chinese characters.


Both are written the same way but having different pronunciation and meanings.


For example:


  1. 丨 ‘gǔn’ – name of the radical and丨‘shù’name of  the stroke.
  2. 乚 yǐ ‘second’ – name of the radical and乚 ‘shùwāngōu’name of the stroke.
  3. 一 yī ‘one’ – name of the radical and一 ‘héng’name of the stroke.
  4. 亅 jué ‘hook’ – name of the radical  and亅‘shùgōu’name of the stroke etc.


For detailes please refer: “The Chinese Character Decomposition Guidance” by Polina Shinkina



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