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漢字. Chinese characters as used in Japanese writing as opposed to the two kana syllabaries and rōmaji (Latin letters).

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What is the first Kanji in this image? [closed]

~口先生 Nothing comes to mind when I look at the first Kanji. I searched for Surnames with 口 in them but nothing seems to match. Here are all the surnames matching ~口
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Kanji or hiragana? 駄目です vs だめです [duplicate]

Which is the correct or more common way of writing 駄目です or だめです? My text book says it means "it's is not possible".
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Why do the readings change?

Forgive my title as I don’t really have a good one at the top of my head. I’ve always been into word play when it comes to naming characters, but when it comes to Japanese it’s kinda difficult for me. ...
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What is My KAji NAme if you are chinese [closed]

I an also Chinese my name is陈诺玲 how do you say it kanji
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How do you say when you learned from something?

If I want to say that I learned from something, Can I use like this? For example: この小説を読むと、いろいろなことわざを学びました。 Or there are other Kanji that I can use? Thank you for any help!
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Meaning of 白分 in Whatsapp [closed]

I set my phone's language into Japanese to make me more exposed to the Japanese language. Therefore, many apps also turned into Japanese, following the system's language. I have searched for a lot of ...
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Are there kanijis in もういちどあねがいします

Are there usually any kanjis written in following the sentence もういちどあねがいします - Please once again My textbook only rarely uses any kanjis and I was wondering how this sentence would really/usually be ...
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Help me identify makers mark on bowl [closed]

I am trying to identify this porcelain bowl’s makers mark. I have tried google translate and it could not identify the characters. Can anyone help tell me what it says?
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What's the difference between 学部 and 学科?

In the Kanji textbook I've been studying from, I've seen compounds like 社会学部 or 物理学科 and both are then translated as 'the department/faculty of ~'. Is there any difference between 部 and 科 in this ...
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先生 character etymology

先 looks like a teacher holding a pen, and 生 looks like a person sitting cross-legged with a pen, learning. maybe the symbols together mean someone who instructs someone else. Was this originally a ...
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「弱者」vs「若者」Any rules to use On-reading or Kun-reading

I'm extremely confused about whether there are any rules to use On-reading or Kun-reading for kanji words. A good example is 「弱者」vs「若者」. The former one is On-reading 「じゃくしゃ」, while the latter one is ...
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Confusing interchangeability of 汝 and 己

In most cases, 汝 is the formal/archaic second person pronoun, "you/thou", and 己 is a humble and archaic first-person pronoun or a way to refer to oneself. However, confusingly, in many ...
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Can not find this kanji online [closed]

この漢字は読めない I guess I also just need to add more words to post this question. Please help if you can read the kanji, and thank you.
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What is the difference between 卓 and 台?

Someone else asked this question in another Japanese learning space I'm in and I attempted to research it to find an answer for them, but I didn't quite get a conclusive answer. On goo, they define 卓 ...
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Is there a term for Chinese-derived “kunyomi”?

So, when it comes to kanji readings, there is onyomi and kunyomi, plus some exceptions and in-between cases. One interesting type of reading that I've come across a few times is when a kanji has a &...
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Is there a kanji form of ああ?

Is there a kanji form of ああ, like there is for [斯]{こ}う, [然]{そ}う, and [如何]{どう}? I've searched online, but neither Jisho.org, Wiktionary, or Weblio list a kanji version for demonstrative ああ, like they ...
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When is Kanji REALLY used? [duplicate]

Whenever somebody tells you about kanji, they say something like this: Kanji are used for writing nouns, adjectives, adverbs and verbs. However, the further I go, the more realize that this ...
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Why does 鱧 not contain the 口 radical?

I was looking up the use of the 豆 radical and I noticed something strange in multiple dictionaries. Of the 60 kanji that use 豆, 59 of them are also said to use 口. The the 1 that does not is 鱧. ...
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“歩くための靴” VS “履くための靴 ”

I was doing some JLPT listening exercises on YouTube and found these two expressions which I couldn't find any references on online dictionaries. I am looking for clarifications on the matter. 1)...
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What are the correct symbols for kozumi?

While researching Japanese swords and sword construction, I have come across a term I can not find the correct kanji for. In Horimono (彫物) “engraving” on the blade or tang of a sword, the term 'kozumi'...
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Why are some terms for relative time irregular?

For current time the Kanji 今{いま} for "now" can always used. Why is it that Kanji for previous (去 / 昨 / 先) and next (来 / 明) times are different and have irregular readings? In some cases it ...
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Word for the boundary between multiple kanji in one word?

I'm not sure what this word is, but like 私 has one kanji but 発音 has two kanji, and there is like a boundary between the two kanji for the 読み方、a boundary between はつ and おん. and this can affect the way ...
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How do I know when kana are included in the kanji or inflected?

What is the reading from this brief line from Final Fantasy 5? ばっつ! 立てっ! Bartz! Standup! Is the kanji read ta? That would make it たてっ, or is the kanji read tachi? How would I know to drop the ち if I ...
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Does 鴉靉魅 work for the name Aimi?

I tried to find kanji for the name Aimi by looking at the readings of kanji on jisho.org. Do the kanji 鴉靉魅 work for the name Aimi?
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Difference between 面 and 表. Can they be used interchangeably Please explain with an example

What is the exact difference between 表 and 面 since both of them literally means front?
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The ''is it included in the kanji or not'' phenomenon?

Some expressions can be written part kanji part hiragana. Sometimes I'm not sure how many hiragana actually condense into the kanji. Example: おとうさん Is it お父さん or お父うさん ? ちいさい Is it 小さい or 小いさい ? I ...
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Identifying the correct reading for multiple Kanji

I've just started my "Kanji learning" and I'm a bit confused. I understand that almost all Kanji can be read differently depending if its followed by another Kanji or Hiragana. But how do I ...
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What is the point of using 謂わば in this sentence?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv7ZYbhTLco&t=4m7s 関節と関節の間は謂わば関節である Google translate only gives the following: So-called joints are between joints
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Do Japanese use 順番、順番! as a command, like in the military?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jp6trk9Ljs&t=3m41s 何のためのくじ引きだと思ったんだ ? はい、はい!順番、順番!? はい、 A 組以外は、はい、 戻る ! Or did I misunderstand these sentences?
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Could someone help me make sense of the name on this image?

こんにちは、小さな*井さん Is that a misspelling of 広, i.e. "Hiroi" (if the second kanji is "井")? Is the second kanji 女 or 井? I can't make sense of it otherwise. Cheers!
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If both 五 and 伍 mean “five”, when should I use each one?

It caught my attention the character 伍 with the meaning of "five". I've seen it recently in the anime "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", in which some characters have kanji tattooed ...
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What is the sequence of writing the 卍 kanji?

How it will look like writen in 草書 ?
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Which kanji is this? [closed]

I'd like to know the meaning of the kanji circled in the image (or, simply, what kanji it is). I was able to discern everything else, but because it's handwritten, it was difficult tell what it was.
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Is 空きました read as both すきました and あきました? [duplicate]

I just learned one way to say ''I'm hungry'' in Japanese. お腹が空きました Can this be read as both すきました and あきました ? If not then what is the difference here ?
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Don't know the meaning of these complex kanji [closed]

おはようございます! Seeking for help. Don't know the meaning of those kanji (big white, in the top right corner and in the lower right corner. Any help will be appreciated! Thank you in advance.
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Is いいです ever written as 良いです with kanji? [duplicate]

My dictionary shows that いい can be written using the kanji 良い. I haven't seen it done but can I write: いいです as 良いです いいですか as 良いですか いいですね as 良いですね If so then which form is more common and is there any ...
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Can I use my Chinese name as my Japanese name version?

I'm a Chinese, and my name is 彭宏森. But I still confuse how to make it into a Japanese name version. So I was wondering how do I covert my name and how do I read it in Japanese. My Chinese name is ...
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Can I use the Chinese stroke order in Japan? [duplicate]

十 seems to unanimously start with the horizontal stroke. but according to wiktionary, 田 starts with the horizontal stroke in China, but the vertical stroke in Japan. How annoying! Different stroke ...
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Does anybody know anything about astrology to figure out what 優先度 has to do with the following sentence?

https://cocoloni.jp/fortune/1362383/ 英国占星術で占う「あの人の今、あなたに対する優先度」【無料占い】 I think its trying to ask, "How important is this persons whereabouts in regards to your priority" or "His priority ...
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晟, how is this kanji used?

晟. Is this kanji used in compounds? I saw it in the dictionary but there isn’t much info on it except that it is an old JLPT 1 kanji, means “clear”, and has kun reading “akiraka”. Is this a common ...
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What does the 匂 in 匂い mean?

匂い (におい) refers to a fragrance, or something that is nice-smelling. As far as I know, this kanji is only used for this word in Japanese. I notice that the character 匂 is uncommon. The usage of 匂 is ...
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How do you pronounce 電報船? Is is でんぽうふね、でんぽうぶね or でんぽうせん?

I recently started to read 'Made in Abyss' and unfortunately is doesn't contain any furigana, which sometimes makes it hard for me to understand. So I came across the word 電報船, which refers to a mail ...
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What's this kanji in the sentence?

I thought as far as 今夜は?サベ But sabe doesn't seem like a thing?
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What is the semantic contribution of 献 to 文献?

Whenever I see 献, I am reminded of 貢献、献金、献立, which implies a meaning of "offering." I checked 文献 and it was defined as "literature, documents." It seems to me that among the 熟語 with 献, this is the odd ...
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Why does the kanji for coffee have a king 王 radical?

The Chinese character for coffee is 咖啡 while the Japanese kanji is 珈琲. The mouth 口 radical seems more appropriate than the king 王 / jade 玉 radical. Most kanji come from Chinese characters and are ...
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What difference in meaning does 本/実 give in words like 本物 and 実物?

They both mean "real/actual thing" (as opposed to some imitation), right? Breaking apart these kanji compounds, it is apparent that 本 and 実 give the meaning of "real." How are these two "reals" ...
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What does 戯んでいた mean?

I'm a little confused, I was reading a book an this turned up; at first I thought it would be a verb ending in ぶ or む, but it turns out it's not really a verb, I guess it's a noun. I found out that ...
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What is the semantic contribution of 配 in 配慮? Or in general, what is 配 really?

I encountered 配慮 in my word list. Understanding how 慮 contributes to its meaning (which is "consideration") is not very difficult to grasp considering that 遠慮 occurs commonly in daily life. But when I ...
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Help me identify this kanji on my knife box

For context, it's a nakiri made by artist 藤原兼房. The blade is a 50/50 grind, so it's not left or right handed. I can read every character except the third one down on the left. Reading from the ...
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Why こころ is read as ごころ? [duplicate]

What's the difference between the Kanji 心(kokoro) and the kanji inserted after another kanji like in 乙女心 (otomegokoro)? Why the kanji in the first example is read as kokoro and in the another exemple ...

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