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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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Is the first stroke in the Kanji 文 a short vertical line?

The first stroke in the Chinese character 文 is a dot-stroke (点). It is not a short vertical line. But all my dictionaries show the Kanji for ぶん as 文 with a short vertical line as the first stroke. ...
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Is the Japanese か more rounded than the Chinese 力?

Is the Japanese か more rounded than the Chinese 力 ? It seems the Chinese character has a sharper corner there on the first stroke while the Japanese kanji seems to curve around the corner.
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Question about the kanji 兵

When I was sixteen I got my first tattoo and I choose this kanji " 兵 " because I saw that stands for warrior. A couple of years after, I saw that the kanji stands more for "soldiers" than "warrior" (...
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Is there a kanji for いいですね?

Is there kanji for いいですね? I see that よいですね can be written as 良いですね. In context, is 良いですね understood and read as いいですね?
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Can't understand this kanji [closed]

I was playing Animal Crossing on the NDS emulator, and I could not understand how this kanji may be written and what does that mean due to really small, almost incomprehensible font. If you know what ...
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Why “ついてきてください” and not “付いてきてください”

I found some similar questions regarding Japanese switching out relatively "easy" kanji for hiragana, but I still can't seem to understand why it's done. I saw this sentence from a movie: 参加される方は ...
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Which radical name should I study for the kanken?

I love learning kanji, so I thought about taking the kanken (probably level 6). So I started to look for information here and there, and it seems I'll have to learn radical names. I'm totally fine ...
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Why censor this one kanji?

I was watching an old Saturday Night Live sketch from the 1970s, called Night of the Moonies, making fun of the Unification Church by putting them in the context of the movie Night of the Living Dead. ...
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I don't understand the structure of かたじけない しのぶ!!?

I don't understand... well, that's what it was there in the manga ... like this: bubble1:侍達を一人残らず抹殺せよ!!! bubble2:ぐわア!!! bubble3:かたじけない しのぶ!!武器は助かった!! bubble4:いえ and nothing else ...
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What is 「々」 and how does it affect meaning and pronunciation?

I've seen this symbol in various places, such as 「日々」, 「色々」, and 「人々」. What is it, and how does it affect the meaning and pronunciation of the word?
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万引き etymology. Why does 万引き mean shoplifting

I have just watched the Japanese "Shoplifter" movie and wonder why 万引きmeans shoplifting.
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How to tell similar Radicals apart?

For example the top of these characters: 今 -> 人 (ひと) 全 -> 入 (はいる) Or the side of these: 明 -> 月 (つき) 腹 -> 肉 (にく) Are there more examples like these? How do I know which is which?
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Reading/meaning of 裡

日頃は冷静な乾さんの裡から、ちらりと激情が見えたようだった。 What is the reading and meaning of 裡 here? I found the readings うち and うら in Jisho.org
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時代 Homograph, Written as とき [duplicate]

I recently finished the anime series Inuyasha, along with the four films. I noticed while looking at the Wikipedia entry for the first film—映画犬夜叉 時代を越える想い—that the romanization is written "Eiga ...
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Nuance differences between the kanji for ぐあい, 具合 and 工合

Usually I read ぐあい as 具合 but recently I was reading a some Japanese literature and the 工合 version of the kanji was used. For reference the literature: 脳味噌の中心にヒリヒリと焦げ付く位である。それでいて、あとから考えるとその興味の焦点と、...
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What constitutes as Kyūjitai Kanji?

The English Wikipedia page for Kyūjitai kanji begins with the following line: Kyūjitai (舊字體/旧字体, literally "old character forms") are the traditional forms of kanji, Chinese written characters used ...
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Question regarding the 「⻏」radical

I’ve put ⻏ in the search function but got no result. There are two ⻏radicals. Their origins are different but they are visually identical. On Jisho: But in a different dictionary (an app I got for ...
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NX/known-kanji-only words match site or app? [migrated]

I wish to make a deck in anki or play around with certain vocabulary, but I want to separate it from new kanji learning. So the idea is to take for example N5 kanji, and make a list of matches, i.e. ...
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Why is there two different ways of writing the 衣 component?

I notice that 衣 as a kanji component is sometimes written without the third stroke. For example, in 壌, 衣 is written with strokes 13 through to 16: below the horizontal line there are 4 strokes. But ...
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What is the etymology of the kanji 石?

Kanji "stone" contains (cliff 厂 + mouth 口).. my question is what is the idea of mixing mouth with cliff ... the cliff function here is clear because it's some thing related with stone.. but what is ...
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What are the left and top right part of 叚(暇{ひま}・霞{かすみ}・蝦{えび}…)?

In RADKFILE, the only radical 暇{ひま}, 霞{かすみ} and 蝦{えび} share is 又. It doesn't have anything for the two other distinct parts of 叚. I haven't seen the parts in other kanji, except that the left one ...
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What happens when a speaker could not read a kanji character when reading a text out loud?

I am currently in the process of slowly learning kanji. I have found out that there are 2136 characters of general use "joyo" kanji, but it is said that the total number of kanji characters could be ...
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What's the second character?

Can someone tell me what the second character is?
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What is the difference between 訪ねる and 訪問する?

I know the difference between 訪ねる and 訪れる, but I don't understand when 訪問する is used.
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Usage of Traditional style characters vs Simplified Chinese characters adopted in Kanji

As I started peeking into Japanese, I see lots of characters in hiragana and kanji where the latter uses Chinese characters that are similar to traditional Chinese ones (I'm familiar with hanzi). For ...
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Onyomi vs Kunyomi. What is the difference? [duplicate]

I am trying to learn Japanese but there is a lots of problems. Why is there Onyomi (Chinese reading) in Kanji? Does it really need? And how about the kanji pronunciation? Why do kanji have several ...
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I can't identify this semi-cursive kanji

So I'm reading this manga and I am suddenly hit with a semi-cursive kanji which I need some more practice to get use to it. I tried checking the radicals but to no avail. I have no idea what it is. ...
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Reading and Meaning of 町の主だった幹部

今回は、町の主だった幹部は、全員顔を揃えていた。 How would you read 主 here? And does 町の主だった幹部 mean "the main leaders of the town"?
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What's the story behind 黒 and 黑? Why are they different?

In Chinese 'black' is 黑 and in Japanese it's 黒, but the kanji are not the same. In traditional Chinese it's exactly the same as in simplified so both are 黑 but Japanese is different. Was 黒 simplified?
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っていうことになったんですけど - meaning?

I had just received a somewhat rushed 'transliteration' of a 1 minute video. To me, Shigeru Miyamoto speaks in a way which is extremely difficult to understand. I am adding the full transcript just ...
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How did 沢山 (たくさん) come to mean “many”?

There are understandably a lot of words in Japanese that are made of Kanji totally unrelated to the meaning of the actual word. However, it's hard to ignore the ubiquitous 沢山. How did a combination ...
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しれーっといてられるなと思います

「まぁ、よくも、こんな重大{じゅうだい}な事件{じけん}を視聴者{しちょうしゃ}に説明{せつめい}もせず、しれーっといてられるなと思{おも}います。」 How could they do that without explaining? To me, this might also mean: Well, how could they dare do that without ...
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A name for common words that use uncommon kanji?

I didn't see a duplicate for this in the similar questions, so here goes. Is there either a list of words like this, or a name for this type of word (made of two very rare/complex kanji, but the word ...
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Optimisation of vocabulary learning

I have a question related to the creation of a rationalised list of vocabulary working in pairs with kanji learning. If one wants to learn Japanese, at some point there is no other choice than ...
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Why does the word for “high school” use 校 instead of 学?

I'm learning Japanese on Duolingo and they're starting to teach me some vocabulary about schooling. Things like 大学, 中学, 小学, and... 高校? I know that 学校 is the kanji spelling of "school," but why does "...
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Number of kanji characters / words I need to learn for N3 level [closed]

I've been studying Japanese for 2 years. I'm N4 level currently, recently I've had a bit of slump in learning but i think I'm about to go back to learning once again Can anyone tell me the minimum ...
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Confusion regarding writing a word in Kanji and Katakana

In the One Piece manga, it's quite common to see the names of character's attacks written in both Kanji and Katakana. Take as examples: Gekko Moriah's Doppelman [影法師]{ドッペルマン} Dopperuman, literally ...
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Pronouncing Kanji when combined with other kanji [duplicate]

I have only just started learning Kanji, I know that 中国 means China and is pronounced Chūgoku . However 中 is pronounced differently (naka instead of chū).国 is also pronounced kuni on its own instead ...
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What is the reading of 0件? れいけん or ゼロ件?Thanks!

What is the reading of 0件? れいけん or ゼロ件?Thanks!
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Why would a light novel have furigana for common kanji?

I've been reading the light novels ひげを剃る and a lot of the furigana use confuses me. For context, not every kanji has furigana- I'd say like 20% of the kanji per page have it. They use it for ...
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Why is there a difference between the hand drawn 道 and the pc font one?

I was studying this kanji and looked at the strokes order to figure out how to write it, only to realize the difference between the pc font one and the diagram. Why is the 3 look-alike only on hand ...
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How can I say “female soldier” in Japanese

I have trouble translating "female soldier" in Japanese: Is it 女戦士 or 女性戦士? Also is the particle の lacking between the two words?
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Words with varied 音読み{おんよみ}

In watching this YouTube video, the last slide displays the following information, which provides examples of words that bear 呉音{ごおん}、漢音{かんおん}、and 唐宋音{とうそうおん} types of 音読み{おんよみ}. I was interested in ...
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Is there a meaning associated with upside-down kanji?

I'm watching an anime ("The Irregular at Magic High School"), and in one scene (Season 1, Episode 23, 0:45), the kanji 福 ("good fortune": https://jisho.org/search/%E7%A6%8F%20%23kanji Colors are ...
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Does the meaning of the Kanji change based on its reading

Most Kanji have multiple readings. For example 人 has got the readings: ひと ジン ニン Does the meaning change when the Kanji is read differently. I don't think that the meaning of this Kanji changes based ...
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What are the differences/characteristics between katakana, kanji and hiragana?

I know that romaji is the conversion from those to the roman alphabet, but what are the differences or characteristics between katakana, kanji, and hiragana? Are they used on a different context? Is ...
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What is this kanji ? Looks like 七 three times

Tonight I went to a sushi restaurant. It's called かね喜{き} as is visible on their inkan and in the company name. However, on their website it seems calligraphied differently but maybe I am just bad at ...
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Criteria for reading 物{もつ} or 物{ぶつ}

One of the pronunciation I struggle most is 「物」: more ofthen than not, I misread it in words like 「作物」 and 「薬物」. I know what they mean, but it's likely I misread them by reading 「もつ」 instead of 「ぶつ」 ...
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Why 電話をかける is Ichidan verb, but when using kanji (掛) 電話が掛かる it becomes Godan verb? [duplicate]

I'm learning vocabulary and kanji for those words as well, and I notice in jisho that verb type changes when using kanji or hiragana. And does the same thing happen with 出かける - 出掛ける ?
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What does 私はお願いしたいんですけど mean in this context?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4WlniHylrU&t=143s This is a part of a legendary speech made by the former president of Nintendo at SpaceWorld. From my understanding, he is talking about the ...

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