While we learned kanji with 10 different radicals this week, most of the kanji were either silk 糸 (糹) or meat 肉 (⺼). While we have learned about the silk radical before, the meat or “flesh” radical is a little trickier. While the standard variation 肉 is easy to recognize, the radical is most often seen in this variation: ⺼. There are only TWO kanji that use the original variation. Unfortunately, the common variation is basically impossibly to distinguish from the radical for moon: 月. Yes, they look different when typed alone, but when used in a kanji…not so much!

Basically, over time, the flesh and moon radicals just became the same shape and so now sometimes you will have to decide which one is being used. Luckily, many of the kanji using the meat or flesh radical are kanji for body parts. In this case, it is easy to know we are talking about the flesh radical! For a more through look into when kanji is flesh and when it is moon, you can check out this guide: The “Flesh” Radical: 肉 and 月

Also, here are some fun illustrations to help you remember (yes it’s from a Chinese website, but don’t worry about that!):

meat radical kanji 2

OK, now that we’ve covered that, let’s review our kanji for the week!

Week 46: From “Simplicity” to “Young”

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