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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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Where do i put "簡単" on my sentence?

Im not really good at the sentence structure and my question is, if i want to say "I can speak english easily" do i say "僕は英語簡単を話すできる" or "僕は英語を話すできる簡単", I just want to ...
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What syllables can cause Sokuon?

I started studying kanji and found out about sokuon. But I have noticed that other than the last つ of the first syllable, there are other syllables that also can cause sokuon. What I want to know is ...
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What is the reading of a name that does not use the onyomi or kunyomi?

In some anime and manga, the names of characters have nothing to do with the onyomi or kunyomi of the kanji. How can they be read that way? Eg: 虹(なな), 星空(なさ)
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Words with non-gikun/non-jukujikun kanji spellings for which it is not clear which kanji certain kana belong to

Are there words with kanji spellings for which it is not clear which kanji certain kana belong to? Note that I'm explicitly excluding gikun/jukujinkun from my question, such as the well-known example ...
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Is it always legal to replace the kanji iteration mark 々 by the kanji it represents? If not, when is such a replacement okay?

Is it always legal to replace the kanji iteration mark 々 by the kanji it represents? If not: When is it legal to replace "K々" by "KK" for some kanji K? I am aware of three use ...
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The history of ◯ being used to denote zero

What is the history behind ◯? Can someone shed some light on when it started getting used to represent zero in numbers and the like. For a kanji, it is quite peculiar as it looks like a kanjified 0. ...
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Interesting differences in 四字熟語 and their Chinese counterparts

Note: For the ease of reading, all Chinese characters used here are in Japanese 新字体 with Simplified Chinese(简体字) written in brackets. Japanese has a lot of 四字熟語, and although some developed within ...
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Sometimes author uses kanji and hiragana for the same word

I was reading this light novel, and these two sentences appear in a matter of minutes between each other. 「ユエナが首を傾げる」 「ユエナがきょとんと首をかしげる」 As you notice the two sentences are pretty similiar in the ...
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I'm having trouble reading the Kanji here [closed]

I'm trying to guess which Kanji this is. Can anyone help? My best guess so far is 宝閉茶呟湾 but that seems incorrect.
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Ambiguous stroke order/count for 離?

I am a Japanese learner going through the jōyō kanji. I have run into a kanji that appears to have an ambiguous stroke order / count. Does the kanji 離 have 19 or 18 strokes? Different dictionaries ...
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Why is the vertical stroke in the middle of 田 drawn before the horizontal one in the middle?

I apologize if this is a stupid question, I've just begun learning. I've noticed that in all hiragana except も and in the (very few) kanji I've learned so far, the horizontal strokes are always drawn ...
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How should I know when to use the Kanji/Hiragana for certain words?

Apologies if this is not correctly formatted or if my grammer does not make sense. My 1st language is Chinese, not English. I am very sorry. In many cases, I will see people type the same word ...
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How do I say "meaning in between quotation marks" in a literal manner?

I have to make a basic presentation for my typography class and I want to talk about Japanese quotations marks (「」 and 『』). I want to title it the "meaning in between quotation marks" but in ...
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Reading of 氷円弾 and other similar made up words

In this RPG video game I'm currently playing, monsters attack you with different techniques with made up names, such as 氷円弾. Since I don't know how I should read that kanji compound I searched this ...
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How to abbreviate まつゆきそう

I was trying to abbreviate this word meaning snowdrop, but I can't quite get it to work. Is it even possible? I tried with multiple ways but it changes the whole meaning. If it matters I wanted to use ...
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「とらわれた くつじょく は はんげき の こうし だ」Would a Japanese person understand こうし in this spoken line WITHOUT kanji? [Attack on Titan]

In the legendary first opening of Shingeki no Kyojin (aka Attack on Titan), from 0:46 to 0:53, there's a line: とらわれた くつじょく は はんげき の こうし だ。 Almost all of that is easily understandable. Except for &...
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日(ひ) は大昔からdayの意味持っていたのか

日本は漢人に接触し漢字と漢語を輸入した前に大和言葉はもう存在していたから、きっとその時にもうdayを指す語はもうあった。現代の視点から見ると、和語のdayの意味の言葉は「日(ひ)」なんですけど(例えば その日、あの日、出会った日)、これも漢語の影響なんですか? 詳細に言うと、昔の大和言葉の一日を指す語は「日(か)」だったと思うのは正しいですか。一ヶ月の中の日付も(二日ふつか、三日みっか等)、暦(...
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Is there an "opposite"/"inverse" of 当て字・熟字訓?

当て字 is using the reading of kanji instead of its meaning; it is the reading applied to the kanji. I'm wondering if there is a word for the opposite/inverse: having the kanji applied to a reading. ...
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Why Chinese "h" often corresponds to Sino-Japanese "k"? [closed]

Shanghai is Shanhai in Japanese / しゃんはい However, 深海 is shinkai (shēnhǎi in Chinese). Why does it seem like the Japanese switched the letter "h" to "k"? I know the kana, and "h&...
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Kanji radical positioning

I have a tea cup with kanjis of sea creatures printed on them, mostly fish. Each of those around 50 names has the kanji for fish on the left, and then other radicals on the right. Except for one (). ...
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Kanji with rearranged components but with different meaning

There are numerous 異体字 where the relation between the two characters is just a different arrangement of all the parts. For instance 裏/裡, 群/羣, 胸/胷, 棋/棊... Are there instances where a simple re-...
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JLPT kanji font? [closed]

What is the font used in the JLPT? This is particularly helpful for the 100,000s of students who write the JLPT every year as different fonts can have wide variation, and as kanji font has been shown ...
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大葉 vs 紫蘇 for shiso leaf

What is the difference in usage between 大葉(おおば) and 紫蘇(しそ)? Are there any implications or nuances in the usage of either? I've seen more 大葉 in the supermarket.
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How do Zen students learn the readings for jakugo?

In the appendix of A Zen Forest, Sōiku Shigematsu lists jakugo in the original Chinese characters, along with romaji to indicate how the saying is read by Japanese Zen students. I have a hard time ...
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Why is「北人」pronounced 「hokuto」?

My idol's name written in kanji is 北人 (ほくと). He once said that instead of 北斗, his parent changed 斗 into 人 because its meaning is much more deeper. But since I thought「北人」should be pronounced as「...
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Why is 嘘 used to represent the word うそ?

Why is 嘘 used to represent the word うそ? To my knowledge, 嘘 in Chinese doesn't have the meaning to lie; most of the definitions in the Kangxi Dictionary for instance are related to something like to ...
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Shorthand way of writing 人間?

I'm reading a manga and this afterword bit is handwritten. I'm assuming that the circled character is meant to be 人間, but is that a valid way of writing it shorthand or is it a completely different ...
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Is this sentence correctly spelled in Japanese Kanji using plural suffix [closed]

I am trying to write: I have three game versions of Bio Hazard. わたし 三つ バイオハザード ゲーム版達が あります Watashi mittsu baiohazādo gēmu-ban-tachi ga arimasu Is this correctly written?
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Did I create a good name for my character?

My first contact with Japanese names or their meanings was around 2021. Since then, I haven't stopped researching Japanese names. I want to create a meaningful Japanese name for my (fictional) story: ...
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Does kanji have meaning on their own, or they inherit their meaning(s) from the words they used in?

As the title says. I stumbled on the Reddit post today and became curious if that's true? Here's a quote from that post: Kanji don't actually have a meaning on their own, they get meaning from the ...
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When years are (or were) written using kanji numerals, what are the usual variants/options?

I believe that these days, years would be written almost always using western/Arabic numerals in either the Japanese era or Gregorian calendar. But it must sometimes be written using the kanji ...
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How cross-applicable were Classical Chinese second-person pronouns to Japanese kanji?

I'm fairly certain there's a certain stigma surrounding second-person pronouns in Japanese. Even in Chinese, it's generally considered polite to avoid them (and refer to a person by surname, title, ...
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Abbreviations for weekdays

I was studying Japanese weekdays and I found something interesting: you can use abbreviations such us ゲッすい (月水) to indicate both Monday and Wednesday or 木土 pron. どぼく to indicate Thursday and Saturday....
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What are the three boxes? ロ, 口 and 囗

I was scrolling the Kanji Unicodes and spotted three box-like characters. I'm well aware that ロ is the katakana ro, as for which the other two are, I'm not sure. Among the three ロ (katakana), 口 (kanji)...
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How to read this name "番藤茶太郎"?

Can anyone help me how to read his name and nickname? name: 番藤茶太郎 nickname: 番茶 Checking with AI seems to give "Fujito Chataro" as name but also "Bandou Chataro" and "Bancha&...
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Why is 正 used for tallying instead of 五?

I feel like it would make more sense to use 五 since it literally means 5. I know that 正 has 5 strokes and 五 has 4, but you could still tally like so: I also know this question isn't just limited to ...
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Do we need to learn N4 and N3 kanji for JPLT N5? Most of recommended verbs using more advanced kanji than N5 ones [closed]

I want to try to my luck with JLPT N5 this December and I'm still not sure how much Kanji I supposed to memorize. I got the impression that for N5 I need to know around 100 Kanji, but I've already ...
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What does 亜字形図象 mean?

In particular I was not able to find 図象 in any dictionary; I wonder if it is perhaps a typo and the author meant 図像. In the case that the author meant 図像, would it then simply mean "icon made up ...
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Given harakiri was once pronounced farakiri and, even earlier, parakiri, how do I write those two older forms, using kanjis?

In "The Unfolding Of Language" by Guy Deutscher, I've read that "harakiri" was once pronounced as "farakiri" and, even earlier "parakiri", thus reavaling the ...
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Pronouncing kanji numbers

ホグワーツには一四二もの階段があった。 There were as many as 142 staircases at Hogwarts. This is probably a daft question but I'd like to be sure. When you see a number written in kanji like 一四二 do you read it as ...
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why does 先 means "ahead" and "previous" at the same time?

sometimes 先 (saki) means the future, but for ex 先月 means previous month 😳. why? how?
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kun and on reading

Hello I recently read the difference between the kun or on readings and understood it, now I know in which cases to use one or the other reading, but I still have a question. For example: the kanji 日 ...
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Which one is correct between 侘び寂び and 侘寂

I know that generally you use the hiragana "わびさび", and in the entry for "侘寂" in the chinese wikipedia "侘び寂び" is listed as the original japanese, but I still have my ...
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"魂 燃え立つ 天の降るとも" having "魂" read as "こころ" and "天" read as ”雨"? (Bleach)

In Bleach Sennen Kessen-hen, at the end of each episode, an old poetic-style line or two is read to invoke the next episode. But I wonder whether it's actually some old poetic style of speech, or if ...
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Can you suggest a name for an energy in a magic system that incorporates the kanji 真霊? [closed]

I have decided to choose a more flashy and direct title for my new work. Specifically, I am creating a magic system and I have chosen the name "Rei" (霊) for it, but I don't want to offend ...
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What are the 漢字 that aren't jouyou or jinmeiyou for?

When you search them up, they have readings, and meanings sometimes, but they're non standard and can't even be used anywhere, neither do I know if they were used in old Japanese.
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Can I choose my own kanji characters for my middle name?

My middle name is Asano, named after my great grandmother, but my family has lost the ability to write Japanese and not sure exactly what kanji she used in her name. Am I able to decide my own ...
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What is this sign? [duplicate]

When i use Google Translate on my phone it translate it as either - or ! But my problem is that it looks nothing like the one in the the various Manga´s and such where i see it. So anyone know what ...
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Can Kun'yomi and On'yomi be mixed? Can a distant On'yomi reading be used? [closed]

The title is pretty catchy on its own, but I'm already familiar with creating good Japanese names. I know about kanji and their meanings, but I'm at a loss. I have a few doubts. The first one: Can Kun'...
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Are 神 and 神 the same?

My friend asked me if I know what 神仙 means so I tried to look it up and almost all the results I got were 神仙 instead of 神仙. Which appearently means something like a hermit or an immortal person that ...
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