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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 there a some general rule when to write 物/もの in kanji or hiragana?

So far my perception had been that you write もの when it is used for grammatical purposes, and 物 when an actual object is meant, but I've encountered many situation where even in the second case it is ...
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My name is Midori, but I have never known the Kanji

My parents are not Japanese but they named my sister and me with Japanese names for the meanings they had: Mariko - Child of Truth Midori - Youthful Immortal. With these definitions as guidance, can ...
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Kanji for Midori [duplicate]

Please, if someone could help me... My grandfather was japanese, and he named me as Midori, since I was the youngest of 4 girls, he said that the meaning of Midori was little flower sprout, since I ...
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Kanji for „Pro“? [closed]

What would be the Kanji for „Pro“ (Professional or athlete), in a context like Pro-gamer.
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Is there a kanji term for “-san” when used to address someone?

All other titles, used when addressing someone, have a kanji character. Was/Is there a kanji term for -san?
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When is 笛 read as もにか?

I read that 笛 can be interpreted as もにか, I was wondering if that's only used for names and if that reading is common/would be understood? Or is it more of a "kirakira" name? Thank you for ...
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How would my Chinese name be translated into Japanese? [duplicate]

My name in chinese is 金辰 (pronounced Jin Chen in mandarin),would I be able to use it properly in Japanese? I know a lot of Chinese names don't work at all, but I'm pretty sure the kanji for mine ...
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What's the leg doing in 足りる and 足す?

I know this isn't important, but I am curious about the connection between 足りる (be sufficient), 足す (add) and 足 (leg). Is there any meaning to the common kanji usage? I can see the connection between ...
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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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Possible meanings of 校 - exam?

Jisho gives "exam" as one of the possible meanings of 校, but I was not able to find any words with this kanji which has a meaning related to "exam". Is there any? My interest in ...
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Deciphering a kanji from a mug

Oh dear. I know much this site hates these sorts of things. Sigh. Here I go. OK. I have a mug which a friend gave to me many long years ago. They weren't Japanese; they just thought it was a ...
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How to choose the right kanji from several choices?

I do know that there are many questions like that all over the web and some on japanese.stackexchange as well. Nevertheless, as far as I can remember I could not find any that explained how to choose ...
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Because I cannot find the root verb in any dictionary, what does をしめて回った mean in this sentence?

This is from a Manga, or so I heard. 中学時代に地元の学校をしめて回ったマキちゃん。 Maki-chan squeezed around a/some local school in the era/period during junior high school.
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How would I write my name in kanji? [closed]

My name’s Ryan. I’ve been studying Japanese for a while now, and just for fun I’d like to know what my name would be in Kanji. 来安? 雷杏? Asking a native.
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How has Japanese kanji and kana usage changed since 1945?

How has the percentage of writing using each script changed since 1945? With script reform, increasing influx of loanwords, and stylistic choices, several factors affect how much certain parts of the ...
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Radicals - components outside the 214 Kangxi (but in Joyo list)

I've been reading many questions here about radicals, and it seems there is some confusion over them. My question is: Apart from the 214 radicals of Kangxi, what are the other components/elements/...
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How to know the meaning/usage of 一

Well I'm a begginer, how do I know if 一 means ichi/itsu or its used for lengthening the word?? in tenkaichi(dragon ball) ichiraku ramen(naruto) the 一 is used there because it means best or one I'm ...
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What is the first Kanji in this image?

~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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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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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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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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Can I use my Chinese name as my Japanese name?

Im Chinese and my name is 陈依仁 (Chén Yī Rén). Can I use this as my Japanese name, and if so how do I read it in Japanese? Or would it be better to use the Katakana version of my English name which is ...
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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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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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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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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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Can someone help translate this gravestone?

I've been trying to research my family back through my Japanese heritage. I got all the way back to the Masuhara name but didn't know the kanji. I knew that I had a Great Uncle that was a doctor. I ...
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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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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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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 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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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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The many ways to write {かっこいい}

Apparently there are so many ways to write {かっこいい}. Hiragana/katakana only: かっこいい カッコいい カッコイイ EDICT: 格好いい かっこ好い Other possible variants: 格好良い かっこ良い カッコ良い 格好好い 恰好いい (notice ...
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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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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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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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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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Are kanji typically used in times and dates?

Are kanji typically for numbers used in times and dates? For example, would "七" and "十五" in the first sentence, and "九" and "三" in the second sentence be normal Japanese? (I'm aware that the ...
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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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