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Mouth radical and key words
In this post we will look into characters taught by the amazing Eddie G that feature the mouth radical
a.k.a.
kǒu
212
mouth; entrance, gate, opening
An open mouth
oracle
bronze
seal
mnemonic
The following video comes from theChineseEddieG汉语艾迪 who shares interesting learning content very regularly.
Beautiful phonetic characters!
As we explain in our phonetic/semantic characters guide about 90% of characters have one component which hints at the meaning and one component which hints at the sound.
These characters are a beautiful illustration of this, 口 on the left suggests the character relates to the mouth and the right component always brings the sound.
jiào
387
cry, shout; to call, to greet, to hail
chī
475
to eat; to drink; to suffer, to endure, to bear
I am begging to eat!
981
to drink; to shout, to call out
chàng
1250
to sing, to chant, to call; ditty, song
chǎo
2036
to argue, to dispute; to annoy, to disturb
少 also brings chǎo pronounciation in 炒
Combined with the character for air
,
means to inhale
922
to inhale, to suck in; to absorb; to attract
can be used to make a sentence sound more casual, for example
Checkout Eddie G's video on why you shouldn't ask "nǐ hǎo ma" to learn more
ya
927
particle used to express surprise
means would you like to take a bite? Isn't Mandarin so efficient!
ma
(Simpl.)
453
final interrogative particle