hey kanji learner
Did you know that most kanji have a part called the radical that hints at the meaning? And did you know that these are the seven most common radicals, and if you know them you’ll be able to find something familiar in about one out of every four kanji you see? Like, you can open up a book to any random page and there’ll be a bunch of kanji with these radicals just hanging out?
- 口 on the left (or bottom) of a kanji=mouths, eating, talking, etc.
- 言 on the left (or sometimes bottom)=words, talking, writing, etc.
- 氵 on the left or 水 on the bottom=water, liquids, flowing, etc.
- 亻on the left or very occasionally 人 on the top=people
- 木 on the left or bottom=trees, wood, things made out of wood.
- 扌 on the left or 手 on the bottom=hands, actions done with hands
- 忄 on the left or 心 on the bottom=heart, mind, emotions
You can use this information to be pretty awesome at learning kanji that look similar except for the radical, because you can tell them apart. If you’re in a Japanese class, it’s also handy for making educated guesses on multiple-choice tests. Observe:
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HELLO KITTY MAN THO
so my sister had homecoming last weekend and all the guys in her group secretly decided on undercover superhero identities and wore the corresponding colors to match the shirts underneath and revealed them during this picture and it was perfect.
I almost don’t want to do a description for this one, lest I ruin the surprise. Suffice to say, Ellen mclain doesn’t know who princess celestia is.