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Lesson 8: Next 11 Radicals

This lesson covers the next 11 most common Kanji radicals:
RadicalKanji CountPercent
522%
451.8%
321.3%
421.7%
371.4%
451.8%
321.2%
311.2%
311.2%
291.2%
291.2%
Total:40515%
1) 辶 - Movement
The Movement radical is known as しんにょう and is often used in Kanji related to movement or location.

This radical always shows up on the bottom-left:

To advance
Near

2) 口 - Mouth
The Mouth radical is known as くちへん.

The original Kanji for Mouth looks like this:



This radical most often shows up on the left:

Vomit
To cry out

But it can also show up on the top or bottom:

Right
Number

3) 女 - Woman
The Woman radical is known as おんなへん.

The original Kanji for Woman looks like this:



This radical most often shows up on the left:

Girl
Younger Sister

But it can also appear on the bottom:

Wife

4) 宀 - Roof
The Roof radical is known as うかんむり.

This radical shows up at the top of the Kanji:

House
Room

5) 日 - Sun
The Sun radical is known as ひへん.

The original Kanji for Sun looks like this:



This radical most often shows up on the left:

Time
Evening

But it can also show up on the bottom or top:

Star
Fast

6) 肉 - Flesh
The Flesh radical is known as にくずき is often used in Kanji related to Biology. One unusual thing about this radical is that the simplification looks just like the Kanji for Moon.

Flesh
Moon

This radical most often shows up on the left:

Skin
Brain

But it can also show up on the bottom:

Exist
 
So remember. If you see a Moon, it's probably listed under Flesh.

7) 金 - Metal
The Metal radical is known as かねへん and is often used for Kanji related to metals or elements.

The original Kanji for Metal looks like this:



This radical most often shows up on the left:

Silver
Lead

8) 一 - One
The One radical, like the "Katakana No" radical, is a single stroke radical that ussually leaves you scratching your head and trying to figure out the radical.

This radical can be any straight horizontal line:

Sky
Not

So keep this guy in mind when you can't figure out what the radical is.

9) Hill
The Hill radical is known as こざとへん.

This radical most often shows up on the left:

Institution
Occasion

10) 亠 - Top
The Top radical is known as なべぶた.

This radical, not surprisingly, shows up at the top of a Kanji:

Change
Raise, Grow up

11) 貝 - Shell
The Shell radical is known as かいへん.

The original Kanji for Shell looks like this:



This radical can show up on the left of a Kanji:

Rule
Wealth

Or on the bottom:

Property
Duty