chinese lid radical

The Lid Radical 亠 : Overview, Mnemonics, and Vocabulary

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Radicals are the main components of a Chinese character (Hanzi). Therefore, learning radicals helps you broaden your Hanzi understanding and increase your Chinese vocabulary.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to the lid radical 亠, how to learn it with fun mnemonics, and a list of vocabulary associated with this radical. Continue reading for this useful information! 

What is the lid radical?

In Chinese, the lid radical is pronounced as “tóu” and written as 亠. This radical has two strokes and is listed as radical 8 according to the Kangxi radical chart (a system of radicals of Chinese characters). Also, according to the Kangxi dictionary, 38 characters (out of 49,030) contain the radical 亠 “tóu.”

Similar to other radicals such as 一 yī (one), 厂 hǎn (cliff), or 目 mù (eye), which illustrate the object one character describes, the lid radical 亠 also shows how the character and the object they describe are closely related. The lid radical hasn’t changed so much through time; let’s have a look at its historical form.

Historical forms of the character
Shuowen Jiezi (compiled in Han)(202 BC – 220 AD)
Small seal script

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What is the stroke order of the lid radical?

The lid radical has two strokes, written in the following order:

Source: Regular Calligraphy

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How can you memorize the lid radical?

Though it’s not difficult to commit the lid radical 亠 to memory, there’s a learning technique that lets learners memorize this character 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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Can you create your mnemonics?

When it comes to using mnemonic devices to learn vocabulary, we recognize that a mnemonic may work well for one individual but not for another. In other words, everyone has their own individual logic behind their mnemonics. Let your voice be heard!

Pandanese can see that coming. Therefore, we’ve created the “Synonym Feature” that allows you to make your own mnemonics. It’s often easier to memorize a character or radical by creating your personalized mnemonics. 

Check out the GIF below for a visual walkthrough of the Synonym Feature.

A lid radical vocabulary list for you!

Want to explore more about the lid radical? Here’s a list of some of the most essential Hanzi which contain the lid radical: 

CharacterPinyinEnglish meaning
liàngbright, to reveal
also
kànghigh, excessive
shìcity
night
xiàoschool
gāotall
kàngto fight
at last
kēnghole, pit

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