Chinese etymology: 220 Chinese word roots (radicals)


Chinese Etymology

Lesson One — 220 Chinese word roots

by Tienzen (Jeh-Tween) Gong


In this lesson,  Gong discusses 220 basic Chinese root words.  Gong thinks that in an analogy similar to the elements in Chemistry, they are the atoms of Chinese words. Thus, the word roots are like the rock bottom building blocks for dissecting Chinese words anatomically visually. Chinese characters do have internal structure, similar to atoms in physics, and in this lesson, etymology physics of Chinese characters will be discussed ….

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