Chinese name: 讠

Pinyin: yán

English name: speech

Imagery: a tongue coming out of a mouth

History of radical: This radical is called speech and it’s always placed to the left of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a tongue coming out of a mouth. Character with this radical relate to communication, speech or language.

For example: 

  • 说(shuō): say
  • 语(yǔ): language
  • 读(dú): read