shuō to speak; to say; to explain

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


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


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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