Random Kanji Knowledge: Tamago

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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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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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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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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.

The stroke order for 元気 is shown below. Continue reading

Random Kanji Knowledge: Koibito

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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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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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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

Random Kanji Knowledge: Shougen

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Today’s kanji is 証言, which is read as shougen (show-gen).

証言 refers to “evidence” or “testimony.”

証 is the symbol for “evidence/proof.”

言 is the kanji for “words/to say.”

The stroke order for 証言 is shown below.

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Yuugou

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Today’s kanji is 融合, which is read as yuugou (YUU-goh).

融合 is often used in the context of “fusion,” as in a literal unity between multiple things.

融 is a symbol for “dissolving” or “melting.”

合 represents something “fitting in” or “joining (together).”

So in a sense, 融合 represents how things can “combine” and fit together as one.

The stroke order for 融合 is shown below. Continue reading

Random Kanji Knowledge: Tokei

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Today’s kanji is 時計, which is read as tokei (toh-kay).

時計 means “watch/clock/timepiece.”

時 means things like “time” or “hour.”

計 represents the symbol for “measuring.”

So put together, 時計 could be perceived as “measuring time.”

The stroke order for 時計 is shown below. Continue reading

Random Kanji Knowledge: Shourai

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Today’s kanji is 将来, which is read as shourai (show-rye).

将来 means “near future.”

将 can represent symbols for things like “general” and “leader,” but it also means “soon.”

来 is the kanji for things like “next” or “due …”

So in regards to 将来, it is often used to talk about things around the corner for you in life.

The stroke order for 将来 is shown below. Continue reading

Random Kanji Knowledge: Tanjoubi

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Today’s kanji is 誕生日, which is read as tanjoubi (tanh-joh-bee).

誕生日 means “birthday.”

誕 means “to be born.”

生 is the symbol for “life/birth.”

日 represents “day.”

So put all three symbols together, and you get the context of something like, “the day you were born into life?”

The stroke order for 誕生日 is shown below.
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Random Kanji Knowledge: Kawaii

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Today’s kanji is 可愛い, which is read as kawaii (ka-why-e).

可愛い means “cute/adorable.” If there is a Japanese word to pick up, it’s this one. It is used all the time. However, you shouldn’t get it confused with 怖い (kowai) for scary.

可 means “passable.”

愛 is the symbol for “love/affection/favorite.”

So of course, when you see something that melts your heart, you say KAWAII!

The stroke order for 可愛い is shown below. Continue reading

Random Kanji Knowledge: Nemui

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Today’s kanji is 睡い, which is read as nemui (nay-moo-e).

睡い means “sleepy/drowsy,” as in when you feel like catching some Z’s.

The stroke order for the 睡 symbol is shown below. Continue reading

Random Kanji Knowledge: Fuyu

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Today’s kanji is 冬, which is ready as fuyu (foo-yu).

冬 means “winter.”

The stroke order for 冬 is shown below.


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