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I wonder how to find out the radical of a characters, I understand that for example 你 has the radical 人 (means the radical is in the front) but there are others where radicals are on the top or even in some other place of the character.  For example where the "door" is surrounding the mouth, or 名 where I just learned the radical is mouth !

Is there any rule on how to find that out? I think the identification of the radicals is important for looking up words in the dictionary if I do not know the pronunciation.
  
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I have seen a dictionary that had the initial entry for the word printed with the radical in /red/ with the rest of the character in black as usual...and i can't remember where i found it.

Although I know this isn't the system your question seeks, but it was a marvelous learning tool. This dictionary was indexed by pinyin, and I think, cross-indexed by total stroke number, so you had a shot at finding  the word two very different ways.

I wonder if the radical in red, just in the main entry, would be a feature the TrainChinese staff would implement in its dictionary?  It'd be a massive job, but be massive value added for customers!   




Answered 108 months ago by Bbb
klaus says:
You are completely right, to change colours within a existing character is quite a job. Slightly smaller work would be to list the radical (as a separate element).
Probably this would have effect as if it would be marked within the character, but it certainly will be easier to prepare and to use in the different apps).  What do you think?
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some way to identify the radical would be quite appreciated!
Answered 107 months ago by Servin
klaus says:
The separation of a character into radical / rest is not possible as long as we do not create specific fonts for them (i.e create graphics for each character).
But of course it would be possible to show the radical separately (or at least name it). Will see if we can do something like that in the future.
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I am learning chinese since a while, and honetsly speaking always have to guess on the radical. In many cases it is easy - just look at the right part (as with 你)but in other cases it may be on the top or  . or at the bottom
I think it becomes difficult if the charcaters become complex or (I assume in the first case it would be \"double person\" radical, but in the second I also do not know and would need to check).
May be there is a rule for that complex ones ? but I doubt !!
Answered 156 months ago by vene
vene says:
Sorry I mean  check the left part of the character (not the right)!
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In the meantime radicals of the caractere couldn't it be indicated beside the measure words?
Answered 86 months ago by meleze
klaus says:
ON the new implementation of the website the radicals appear along the measure words.