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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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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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Kanji symbol for strength [closed]

What is a suitable kanji for Strength or Power. I have seen a few, including 冪. Can this be used? Thanks
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What is the differene between 訪ねる and 訪問する?

I know the diffrence between 訪ねる and 訪れる, but I don't understand when 訪問する is used.
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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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Meaning of symbol [closed]

My friend got this tatoo, and I can't seem to translate it to a kanji symbol through ocr, nor translate it. Any idea what it means?
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Is there a list of Japanese radicals, with ALL of their possible alternative writing of them? [migrated]

it's easy to find lists of the radicals, eg. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_kanji_radicals_by_frequency#Table_of_kanji_radicals However, many radicals have a lot more than one way of being ...
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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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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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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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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 “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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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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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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The origin of the kanji 買

The kanji 買 (buy) contains the kanji 貝 (shellfish). Is it because the origin of the kanji 買 lies in the process of buying shellfish? Does anyone know the story behind the kanji 買? Thank you!
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The origin of the kanji 読

The kanji 読 appears to consist of 言 and 売. How come 言 (say) + 売 (sell) = 読 (read)? Could you please shed some light on the origin of the kanji? Thank you!
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Help identifying blurry kanji [closed]

I am currently trying to learning Japanese by reading manga. So far so good, but this kanji is too blurry for me to figure out. Anyone know what this could be? I'm 98% sure the first character means '...
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What is this Kanji? I can’t find it anywhere?

I’ve been searching radicals on Jisho and other places but I can’t find a kanji to match this one.
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Trying to create a name but something is strange

I'm trying to create a name for my fictional character and I was trying to translate something like "wolf of the snow" in Japanese. I was using Jisho.org and Google translate (just because it reads ...
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夕立: why 立 if the word means “a sudden evening shower/rain”?

夕立 means (sudden) evening shower (rain)​. 夕 is for evening, but 立 means to stand, doesn't it? What's the connection between a sudden evening shower and standing?
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Why was on'yomi (音読み) created?

As far as I understand it the Japanese Kanjis are derived from the Chinese ones. This was to introduce a writing system in Japan. But for the on‘yomi reading, the Japanese also took the spoken word ...
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In kanji 外, why is タ used instead of ソ? [closed]

Why is タ used instead of ソ in 外 despite it's read as ソト?
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風邪: reading and writing

Why do we write かぜ (cold) as 風邪, not just 風? The second kanji (邪) is left unread, so why isn't it redundant? Perhaps, that's to make sure cold doesn't sound like wind. But then why don't we read it ...
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Is my transcription of the handwritten kanji correct? [closed]

I just want to make sure my transcription is correct of the sentence pictured. (it probably isn't, but this is really the closest I could come up with.) 読みとみバーグアフ。微妙... Is that correct? For the ...
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Can someone help me identify the handwritten kanji? [closed]

Hi everyone, can someone please help me identify the kanji in the picture? Just the middle two kanji. 玲音がXXしているもの。 Is the kanji 使用? Also what is the middle katakana/character between ミ and レ?
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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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What is the difference between 北 and 北部 [duplicate]

What is the main difference between 北 and 北部? I heard that's words that contain 2 kanji sounds more polite, but not sure that it's the current situation.
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Different stroke order in two similar kanji 戚 and 歴

According to some databases, (see 戚 vs 歴), the order of strokes of the upper part (厂) of the kanji 戚 is different from the same part in 歴. They may have been some historical reasons, but as they look ...
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Adopting a Japanese Name

すみません, I am trying to adopt a Japanese name. I have a Chinese name written as 吳虎威。 In modern standard Japanese orthography, it would be written as 呉 虎威. I understand that typically, Chinese names are ...
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Kanji identification (low res)

I am trying to read the text from a Nintendo DS game, but have encountered a kanji that's (at least for me) difficult to recognise because of the very low resolution of the screen: I have tried to ...
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How do I remember a Kanji with more than two readings and when to use them [duplicate]

I'm currently studying Kanji using a flashcard app on my computer. I do know that there are two readings for each character, On and Kun. What I don't understand, is when a Kanji has more than two ...
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Does the on'yomi of 輪 (リン) have any relation to the English “ring”, or is it a coincidence?

Is there an etymological connection between 輪{リン} as in 車輪{しゃりん} and "ring" in English? Or is this a false cognate?
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What is the difference between 描【か】く and 描【えが】く?

I believe the two forms of to draw are 描{か}く and 描{えが}き. What are the differences between them? Which one is used more commonly?
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What is mostly used on signs in Tokyo: Katakana, Hiragana or Kanji?

I am going to travel to japan the next spring and I just want to be able to read most of the signs (and of course speak some Japanese). Any answers on what is the most common to use on signs: Katakana,...
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Help with kanji [closed]

What is the kanji on this teabox? I tried various websites that let you look up kanji, but I could not find an exact match. Any help appreciated.
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Sharp vs rounded (tomed) vertical stroke in kanjis

How can I know for sure in what situation I should use sharp vertical line and in what situation I should use rounded vertical line? For example, from videos on youtube I do know for sure that ...
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The writing of “襖”

It seems that 襖 has two forms of writing. Here are the two screenshots from Jisho.com: The first kanji has an extra stroke (ノ). My questions are the following: Why does it have two forms? Are they ...
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What is the difference between the terms 課長 and 小頭?

I saw the term 小頭 and translated it from an online chat. Are the terms used differently? Both terms relate to a boss, an organizational leader of some sort. I am more familiar with the usage of 課長. ...
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Say I want to speak with someone

How do you express that you want to speak with someone using Kanji? So far I imagine I would us something like マリオ話{はなせ}欲{ほ}しいます。Combining the name of the person "マリオ", expressing a want "欲{ほ}しい", and ...
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What is the counter for kanji characters?

I want to count the number of kanji characters in a word. What is the counter for characters? I am thinking that the term mai would be used as they are written on paper.
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what does と and other kanjis stand for in this sentence?

I was reading an article and learning new kanji. However, I am having hard time determining some grammatical structures and kanji from this sentence: 有坂銃{ありさかじゅう}とは、大日本帝國のボルトアクション方式の軍制式小銃の系列であり、...
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Expressing action of taking off

Like saying I'm going to take off my hat as in 帽子{ぼうし}を抜{ぬ}きます. I believe 抜{ぬ} "nu" means to get ride of or dispose of, but I guess I'm certain context it could mean to take off or remove. I'm ...
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Why is 今年 written in hiragana in this NHK news article? [duplicate]

Article in question (Note that it's not NHK easy news, but the regular nhk news) ことしのノーベル賞の受賞者の発表が7日から始まり、日本人としては去年、医学・生理学賞を受賞した京都大学特別教授の本庶佑さんに続き、アメリカ国籍を取得した人を含め27人目の受賞者がでるか注目されます。 I thought at ...
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Kanjied 出した vs kananed だした in -dasu/dashta pattern

雪が降り出した。 It started to snow (unexpectedly). In Maggie's article on this pattern "How to use V + 始める ( = hajimeru) / だす ( = dasu) / かける ( = kakeru)" she uses hiragana for this verb. In jisho.org ...

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