The Cliff Radical 厂: Overview, Mnemonics, and Vocabulary

The Cliff Radical 厂: Overview, Mnemonics, and Vocabulary

Another article on the radical series is here for you! 

Are you the kind of person who enjoys hiking, trekking, or rock climbing? If yes, China is a good destination for your consideration. Even luckier, mid-February to April is the shoulder season that is suitable for travelers to visit China. 

Before packing your suitcase and heading off to China, it’s important to learn something related to hiking, trekking, and rock climbing. Today, in this article, we introduce you to the cliff radical, what it is, and how to memorize it with fun mnemonics. 

What is the cliff radical?

In Chinese, the cliff radical is pronounced as “hǎn” and written as . This radical has two strokes only and is listed as radical 27 according to the Kangxi radical chart (a system of radicals of Chinese characters). This radical is quite commonly used, with 129 characters (out of 49,030) found under this radical in the Kangxi Dictionary.

Similar to other radicals such as yī (one), jué (hook), or kǒu (mouth), which illustrate the object one character describes, the cliff radical also shows how the character and the object they describe are closely related.

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What is the stroke order of the radical ?

The cliff radical has two strokes.

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How can you memorize the cliff radical?

Though the radical is easy to memorize, 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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Cliff radical vocabulary list for you!

Curious about the cliff radical and other related terms? Enrich your knowledge with this vocabulary.

Character Pinyin English meaning
 仄 narrow
wēi danger
pass through
hòu thick
jiù stable
 砺 sandstone
yuán level

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