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Cantonese Short Lesson 1: ✍ Word Radicals! ✍

Welcome to Cantonese Lesson 1! Hope you had a great weekend!

First things first:

Almost every single character in Cantonese has a radical. Each radical has a different meaning and words which have the same radical are usually related together in some way. Some examples:

  • the characters and has radical Meaning: thank and speak has radical language

  • the character and has radical Meaning: he and counting word has radical man

-, and the character has radical Meaning: silver has radical gold

So, usually radicals come at the front of a word. There are many radicals in Cantonese, but here are some of the most common ones:

  • related to heart

  • related to mouth

  • related to one

  • And all of the above.

Cantonese Directory Page Here

Further resources: lesson 1

Exercise: lesson 1

Thank you for reading this. Questions are welcome!

January 23, 2017



Aren't these called radicals?


Have corrected. Thank you!


Yes they are.


Wow, I didn't expect you to teach Cantonese in that way.
It is really cool since if you know many root words then most characters will become easy to learn.


Thanks! Have added a supplement resource for those interested.

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