shuō to speak; to say; to explain

Made up of [ yán words radical 149, duì to cash; to exchange; to blend ]

Note

The radical indicates 'speech' and the second part is a representation of an elder brother generating words and so exchanging words. The second part used to be the phonetic.
Number of strokes 9

Related characters


Using yán : huà (speech) yǔ (language) dàn (birth) shéi (who) mí (riddle) xiè (thanks) qǐng (please) jì (to record) sù (to complain) 访 fǎng (to visit)
Using duì : shuì (taxes)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 说
Stroke order for character 说, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

说曹操,曹操到 shuō Cáo Cāo, Cáo Cāo dào Someone who you are talking about happens to appear unexpectedly
说到做到 shuō daò zuò daò Do what one says
Chinese proverb

Proverb

Gàn huó bú yóu dōng lèi sǐ yě wú gōng [gan huo bu you dong lei si ye wu gong]
do live no reason master pile up die also no merit
Working without obeying the boss will bring only hard work and no merit
Only work on what is needed to be done
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