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The Sickness Radical 疒: Overview, Mnemonics, and Vocabulary 

Welcome back to the Pandanese blog series on radicals! 

This series is to help our readers develop their Chinese language skills by getting familiar with the most commonly used Chinese radicals. 

Learning radicals can help you accelerate your vocabulary learning and expand your Hanzi knowledge in no time. 

In this article, we’ll introduce to you to the radical sickness 疒(nè) and teach you how to memorize its associated vocabulary more effectively.  

Let’s jump right in!

What is the sickness radical in Chinese? 

The Chinese radical 疒(nè) refers to disease, illness, or sickness. You can find 526 characters (out of 49,030) containing this radical ​​in the Kangxi Dictionary, the most authoritative dictionary of Chinese characters from the 18th century through the early 20th. 

Be aware of your pronunciation 

You should pay extra attention to your pronunciation of the sickness radical since many new Chinese-language learners often mistakenly say it as 呢 (ne), which is actually a common question participle usually used to ask reciprocal questions such as ‘’And you?’ or “What about you?” 

The sickness radical 疒(nè) has the fourth tone, and 呢 (ne) has the neutral tone, which is really confusing for beginners. To avoid this mistake, you should first know the differences between these two tones. Then, listen repeatedly to how native speakers pronounce the two words and mimic them. Keep practicing till you perfect it! 

Learn more details about Chinese tones in the following article: 

What is the stroke order of the 疒 radical? 

The sickness radical is composed of five strokes in total. When writing this radical, remember to follow this specific stroke order: 

Source: Visual Mandarin

You may also be interested in: A General Guide To Chinese Character Stroke Order 

How can you memorize the sickness radical quickly? 

One of the most proven effective ways to remember Chinese radicals is through mnemonics, and Pandanese can help you do just that! 

Pandanese is a web-based application exclusively designed to assist Chinese language learners in memorizing Chinese characters more quickly and effectively. To optimize your learning ability, scientifically proven memory-aid methods like mnemonic and Spaced Repetition System (SRS.)

With the sickness radical, Pandanese provides you with a mnemonic (as in the image) to help you remember it faster. The software also automatically creates spaced review lessons based on your learning performance to make sure the radical encodes in your brain. 

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Sickness radical vocabulary list for you!

Chinese characters (Hanzi) and words using the sickness radical often have meanings associated with sickness and illness. 

CharacterPinyinEnglish meaning
疤 bā scar
tānparalyzed 
bìngsick 
tòngpain
liáotreatment
zhèngdisease
yǎngitch 
chīcrazy
áicancer
jealous 
tired 
epidemic 
shòuthin 
看病 kànbìngsee a doctor
病毒bìngdúvirus 

Check out other articles from this series: 

Do you know any other words that include the sickness radical? Let us know in the comments below!

Hope you found this post useful and look out for the next radical in the series, here on the Pandanese blog.

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