The body parts radical, pronunciation

August 04, 2013, 02:42 AM posted in General Discussion

The radical frequently attaches to characters denoting body parts. In such cases, it represents 肉. My question is, if a Chinese student in China asks his teacher what the radical is for such a character, is it incorrect for the teacher to say "yue"? Are both "rou" and "yue" correct? Is it "yue" pronounced "rou" in these special cases, or is it no longer "yue" at all?

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August 05, 2013, 12:50 AM

Actually, when we learn '月' as a radical, teacher says 'yue'. Just the meanning is '肉'. We never pronounce it as 'rou'.