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

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The three famous Song (or Soong) sisters all married important Chinese leaders. Song Ailing married H. H. Kung one of the richest men in the world; Song Qingling married Sun Yatsen and Song Meiling married Chiang Kaishek. They were born in Shanghai but the ancestral family home is on Hainan island.
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