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The Eye Radical 目: Overview, Mnemonics, and Vocabulary

Another week, another episode of the radical series!

Today, we’ll introduce to you a radical related to our body parts. Let’s solve this riddle to find out what the radical is.

“What body part is pronounced as one letter but written with three, only two different letters are used?”

“Did you figure it out yet? Is it the head? No! Is it the forehead? Not even close! But you’re almost there, going down just a bit. Ah, it’s the eyes, isn’t it? One point for you guys! It’s “eye.”

In this article, we’ll learn about the eye radical, what it is, and how to memorize it with fun mnemonics. 

What is the eye radical?

In Chinese, the eye radical is pronounced as “mù” and written as . This radical is composed of 5 strokes and listed as radical 109 according to the Kangxi radical chart (a system of radicals of Chinese characters). mù is one of the most widely used radicals, with 674 characters (out of 49,030) found under this radical in the Kangxi Dictionary.

Eye radical mù is a pictogram character that conveys a message or an idea using representational or pictorial drawings. Similar to other radicals such as yī (one), kǒu (mouth), or hǎn(cliff), the eye radical mù also shows how the character and the object they describe are closely related.

Let’s take a look at how this radical transformed through times:

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What is the stroke order of the radical ?

The eye radical has five strokes, written in the following order:

Source: Visual Mandarin

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How can you memorize the eye radical?

Though it’s not difficult to commit the eye radical to memory, there’s a learning technique that lets learners memorize this word with fun rather than learn it by heart  – the mnemonics technique.

At Pandanese, we employ mnemonics flashcards to help Chinese learners like you get the most out of your learning. Your Chinese learning journey couldn’t get any easier! Or could it? Have a look at how mnemonics works in this example.

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Eye radical vocabulary list for you!

Want to explore more about the eye radical and other related terms? Enrich your knowledge with this vocabulary.

CharacterPinyinEnglish meaning
kànwatch, look
眼睛yǎn jingeyes
一 眼yīyǎna glance
节目jiémùperformance, show
目前mùqiánat the present time

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