Today, I will show you three new kanji all based on the same one! The all have something to do with trees. The first one is read き (ki), and it means “tree“. The second one is read はやし (hayashi), and it means “woods“. The last one is read もり (mori), and it means “forest“. … More Kanji Tip 11 – 木林森 (tree, woods, forest)
This one is really easy! It’s read た (ta), and the meaning is “rice field“. “Rice field” is more commonly said as 田んぼ (tanbo) though. But why does is have this shape? Watch the picture below for the answer!
I think this kanji has an interesting shape! しめ (shime) has quite a few meanings like 〆切 (shimekiri, meaning deadline), 活〆 (ikijime, which is the process used after catching a fish), 昆布〆 (kobujime, a local cuisine from Toyama-ken (富山県)), or 羽交い〆 (hagaijime, a restraint technique). It can be substituted for other kanji with a different meaning for … More Kanji Tip 7 – 〆 (しめ)
This one will make your eyes pop out, definitely! DID YOU KNOW THAT THE SWASTIKA IS ACTUALLY A KANJI? I’m not implying anything, just making a statement out of pure curiosity. It is read まんじ (manji), and it has a lot of meanings, from kanji origin and from many other cultures in the world. The … More Kanji Tip 6 – 卍 (Swastika)
This time, the kanji tip that I have to give you is really funny! Check out the kanji: It’s one of those words so very much used in anime and dramas (well maybe by Japanese in general!). 馬鹿 (baka) means “iditot” or “fool”, but… why is the person you are talking about, an idiot? Behold … More Kanji Tip 5 – 馬鹿 (idiot)
If you are still not aware of it, I will tell you now that Japanese can be really ambiguous sometimes. You have to be very cautious and pay attention to the context of the conversation to understand its content. Why do I say this? Check the following kanji! Not very difficult, right? What does it … More Kanji Tip 4 – 十分 (10 minutes? Sufficient?)
Still remember the lesson I made about numbers in Japanese? Well, I said that the number 0 also has a kanji, and here it is! It is pronounced れい (rei), and as I said, it is not that used to represent the number 0. It is used in words like 零下 (reika – below zero), 零細 … More Kanji Tip 2 – 零 (zero)