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yán

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yán Meaning

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Pīnyīn Pronunciation
yán | yan2
English translation
words
speech
to say
to talk
words, speech; to speak, to say

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About yán

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Number of strokes

7

Radical frequency

861

Traditional form

yán

Contains the radical

yán

Part of speech

Verb-like morpheme / 动词性语素 Dòngcí xìng yǔsù

Learning hint

A tongue sticking out of a mouth  kǒu

Etymology of yán

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Type

ideographic

Positional decomposition

tóu 二口

Explanation

Pictograph of a tongue sticking out of a mouth. In old scripts written the same as shé but with an extra line.

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Example sentences using yán

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全书 quán shū jìn 20 yán .

It is a book of nearly 200,000 words.

de 甜言蜜语 tián yán mì yǔ Líng 如梦如 chī .

His sweet talk made her dreamy.

下笔 xià bǐ qiān yán , 离题 lí tí .

A thousand words from the pen in a stream , but ten thousand li away from the subject.

一样 yīyàng , 有时 yǒu shí huì biē shǎng 一肚子 yī dù zi 无言 wú yán de 怒火 nù huǒ .

Like you, though, he's capable of scary silent anger.

jiào 三思而后 ér hòu zài 发言 fāyán .

He told me to think twice before speaking.

Words with yán

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FrequencySimplifiedMeaningTraditional
yán words yán
语言 yǔyán language語言
留言 liú yán message留言 liú yán
而言 ér yán with regard to (preceding phrase)而言 ér yán
谎言 huǎng yán lie謊言
发言 fāyán statement發言
发言人 fā yán rén spokesperson發言人
预言 yùyán to predict預言
言论 yánlùn views言論
言语 yán yǔ words言語
传言 chuán yán rumor傳言
谣言 yáoyán rumor謠言
宣言 xuān yán declaration宣言 xuān yán
誓言 shì yán to pledge誓言 shì yán
诺言 nuò yán promise諾言
代言人 dài yán rén spokesperson代言人 dài yán rén
直言 zhí yán to talk bluntly直言 zhí yán
方言 Fāngyán topolect方言 Fāngyán
坦言 tǎn yán to say candidly坦言 tǎn yán
言行 yán xíng words and actions言行 yán xíng
自言自语 zì yán zì yǔ to talk to oneself自言自語
可言 kě yán it may be said可言 kě yán
流言 liú yán rumor流言 liú yán
名言 míng yán saying名言 míng yán
胡言乱语 hú yán luàn yǔ double Dutch胡言亂語

yán Decomposition & Compounds

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yán Compounds

See all 100 Chinese words that contain the character yán in their composition.

  • yán
    • zhān
      • shàn , yán , chán , zhān , dàn , zhān , dān , chān , dàn , chān , , , dān , , , yán , , dǎn , , , zhān , shàn , ,
    • xiè
    • téng
    • hōng
      • , , , ,
    • wān
    • liàn
    • luán
    • luán
      • luán , ,
    • luán
    • xìn , jǐng , shì , , , yàn , , zhè , , yín , yín , , , zhé , jiǎn , yíng , qìng , , shàn , wèi , wèi , chóu , , yáo , , , , , , luán , 孿 luán , luán , , , , , , , , mán , qiú , , , yín , , , , , ,
    • , , , , , biàn , , , biàn , luán , luán
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