Random Kanji Knowledge: Kizuna

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: 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: 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

Random Kanji Knowledge: Yuugou

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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 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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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 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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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

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

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

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

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

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: Shi

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 死, which is ready as shi (sounds exactly like she).

死 means “death.” You can make it into a verb by turning it into 死ぬ (shinu) for “to die.”

A Japanese cultural note: 4 is an unlucky number in Japan. This is because “shi” is also the standard way of saying 4 when counting 1, 2, 3, 4 (ichi, ni, san, shi.) Therefore, it is common to hear “yon” (and other variations) in place of saying “shi” for 4.

The stroke order for 死 is shown below. Continue reading

Random Kanji Knowledge: Senketsu

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 鮮血, which is ready as senketsu (sen-ket-sue).

鮮血 means “fresh blood.”

鮮 is the symbol for “fresh.”

血 refers to “blood.”

The stroke order for 鮮血 is shown below. Continue reading

Happy Haiku: Fluffy

Happy Haiku!

Haiku
黒い猫
長い尻尾よ!
フワフワよ!

Romaji
Kuroi neko
Nagai shippo yo!
Fuwafuwa yo!

English Translation
Black cat
A long tail!
Soft and fluffy!

- Nhan “Nhan-Fiction” Pham

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Eigo



Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 英語, which is ready as eigo (eh-go).

英語 means “English.”

英 is the symbol for “England/English.”

語 refers to things like “words” and “speech.”

The stroke order for 英語 is shown below. Continue reading

Random Kanji Knowledge: Hanbun

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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 半分, which is ready as hanbun (hanh-boon).

半分 means “half.”

半 is the symbol for “half/being split down the middle.”

分 means a lot of things, but in this case refers to “part,” as in a segment of something.

The stroke order for 半分 is shown below. Continue reading

Happy Haiku: Question



Happy Haiku!

Haiku
何々か?
質問がある
いい答

Romaji
Nani nani ka?
Shitsumon ga aru
Ii kotae

English Translation
What is it?
There is a question
A good answer

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Nikki

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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 日記, which is ready as nikki (knee-key).

日記 means “diary/journal,” as in the thing you write in to describe your day.

日 symbolizes “day/sun.”

記 reflects the character for “account/narrative.”

Put together, you can think of 日記 as the “day’s narrative.”

The stroke order for 日記 is shown below. Continue reading