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2 DEFINITION † Hook. PRONUNCIATION jué 亅 SOUND WORD Duelliste /dyεlist/ French word for one who fights in a duel. (See ‘Special sound mnemonics,’ page 111) (The sound word counts two ‘pronounced’ syllables, with the sound part at the beginning, to represent a second tone) MNEMONICS • It is also given the fictitious meaning of stick because of its similitude to the other 丨 STICK 1 building block. • Think of a duelliste using a stick equipped with a hook to grapple his opponent. WANT A LITTLE MORE? • This building block is one of the few basic strokes used for writing Chinese characters. • This is the 6 th of the 214 Kangxi radicals. 26 二 十 六

3 DEFINITION 1. Drop (liquid or solid). 2. Dot, point. (Drop and dot are underlined to indicate that these real definitions will be used as building block values) 丶 PRONUNCIATION zhǔ SOUND WORD Judeo-Christian Term used to represent the common beliefs of Christianity and Judaism. MNEMONICS • Think of drops of holy water being sprinkled by a Judeo-Christian priest. • Based on the context of the story, this character may mean a variety of fictitious small things. WANT A LITTLE MORE? • It may also be written slanting to the right. • It may appear slightly stretched out (more like a short line than a dot) when used as a building block. • When people want to refer to this building block as the dot stroke used for writing characters, they call it diǎn. • This is the 3 rd of the 214 Kangxi radicals. 二 十 七 27

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