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[Japanese]What is Kanji? 漢字 / かんじ meaning

漢字 かんじ kanji meaning japanese

 

There are three kinds of characters in Japanese.

  • Hiragana(ひらがな)
  • Katakana(カタカナ)
  • Kanji(漢字)

 

Next to katakana, let's learn Kanji!

 

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What is Kanji?

 

Kanji is a writing system that comes from China. 

 

It is said that there are about 50,000 over kanji in total, but Japanese people usually use is about 3,000 kanji.

 

 

Kanji example

月 水 山 川 空 雪

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In Japan, we learn about 2100 kanji in 9 years of elementary and junior high school.

 

There are multiple ways to read kanji.

 

  • 音読み・・・"on" yomi is based on the way of reading in Chinese.
  • 訓読み・・・"kun" yomi is the Japanese original reading.

 

 

Example

 

 右 

  • 音読み(On yomi):う(u)
  • 訓読み(Kun yomi):みぎ(migi)
  • mean:right

 

 

 左 

  • 音読み(On yomi):さ(sa)
  • 訓読み(Kun yomi):ひだり(hidari)
  • mean:left

 

 

Example sentence

右(kun yomi)

右に曲がります。
migini magarimasu.
Turn right.

 

右(on yomi)

この図形は左右対称です。
kono zukei wa sayuutaishou desu.
This shape is symmetrical.

 

 

Let's slowly and slowly learn when to read "on-yomi" and when to "kun-yomi" while memorizing various kanji and words.

 

 

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