An explanation of the voice-over in the animations from the “Learning Program for Stroke Order of Frequently Used Chinese Characters”

I have been using links to the Learning Program for Stroke Order of Frequently Used Chinese Characters in the “Word of the Week” posts to provide accurate pronunciations without using romanization. The audio says more than just the word, and I wanted to explain what is being said.

For the character 好, the line is: 「好,女部,三畫,共六畫,好,ㄏ,ㄠˇ,好。」 The character is pronounced. The words 女部 means the radical. 三畫 means three strokes and is the number of strokes to write the rest of character after the radical. This is basically the number of strokes to write . 共六畫 means total six strokes. This is the total number of strokes to write the entire character. The word is said again. is said, then ㄠˇ. This corresponds to the 注音符號 for pronouncing . Then is said again.

The reason the and are an important part of knowing the character is because those are the two elements used to organize the dictionary. The dictionary is divided by 部首 (radical). Once the 部首 is determined. The word is found by looking under the section for the number of (strokes) without the 部首.

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