Random Kanji Knowledge: Tamago

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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is , which is read as tamago (tah-mah-go).  means “egg.” With Easter tomorrow and all, eggs are very iconic for the holiday.


The stroke order for  is shown below.
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Random Kanji Knowledge: Kizuna

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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 絆, which is read as kizuna (key-zoo-na). 絆 means “bonds” (as in bonds that are emotional, relationship-driven and otherwise.)

絆 is a word you hear the Japanese say a lot. It’s important to talk about the “bonds” you have with others and what it means to you.

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The stroke order for 絆 is shown below.
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Random Kanji Knowledge: Shouri

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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 勝利, which is read as shouri (show-ree).

勝利 is “win.”

勝 means “win/victory.”

利 refers to “advantage/benefit.”

The stroke order for 勝利 is shown below. Continue reading

Random Kanji Knowledge: Genki

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.
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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 元気, which is read as genki (gehn-key).

元 means “origin.”

気 refers to the “spirit/mind/mood.”

Combined together, you can think of 元気 as the “original mood” in the sense that humans are supposed to default to being healthy, right?

In fact, one of the first things you’re taught in Japanese class is how to ask if someone is feeling well.

元気ですか? (Genki desu ka?) —> How are you (feeling)?

元気 is also used in the context of someone who is lively or full of energy.

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Koibito

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.
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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 恋人, which is read as koibito (ko-ee-bee-toe).

恋 is the symbol for “love/romance.”

人 means “person.”

Put two and two together, and 恋人 turns into “lover/sweetheart.” 恋人 is often used in reference to one’s boyfriend/girlfriend/significant other.

The stroke order for 恋人 is shown below.
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Random Kanji Knowledge: Todoke

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.
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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 届け, which is read as todoke (toe-doh-kay).

届け can mean a lot of things, but it is often the meaning for “to send to/reaching (something.)”

For instance, a famous shoujo anime is Kimi ni Todoke. This anime’s title is often translated along the lines of “Reaching You.”

Also, Kimi ni Todoke is awesome. It’s one of the most respected shoujos out there.

Random Kanji Knowledge: Shiai

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.
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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 試合, which is read as shiai (shi-eye).

試合 refers to a “match/game,” such as a sporting event.

証 is the symbol for things like “test” or “try.”

合  is the kanji to “fit/join.”

In other words, you can think of 試合 as an “encounter to test,” or at least the means of seeing who is better competitively. In a sense.

The stroke order for 試合 is shown below. Continue reading