Random Kanji Knowledge: Ame

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 雨, which is ready as ame (ah-may). And this is not to be confused with 飴 (ame), which means candy and has a similar, but slightly different pronunciation.

雨 means “rain,” as in what the clouds drop from the sky.

If you use your imagination, you can see the raindrops in the symbol.

The stroke order for 雨 is shown below. Continue reading

Random Kanji Knowledge: Ikari

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 怒り, which is read as ikari (e-kah-ri). 怒り means “anger.”

If you look closely at some of the parts for this particular kanji, 怒 has the components for “woman” (女) and “heart” (心).

Need I say more?

The stroke order for 怒 is shown below.


Kanji drawing map

Have you made someone feel any kind of 怒り toward you recently? If so, you should probably apologize. I know I sure should.

Random Kanji Knowledge: Egao

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 笑顔, which is read as egao (eh-gow). 笑顔 means smile. Like this —> :).

笑 means to laugh. Hahaha, very funny.

顔 is the symbol for face/expression.

So combine the two kanji characters together, and you get the “laughing face.”

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Hajime

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

始め (hajime) is pronounced ha-jee-meh, and it means “beginning/start.” There are actually a variety of kanji symbols that also can refer to the same thing, like 初め, but 始め is the one I usually roll with for this word.

If you break down the 始 symbol, it actually makes a lot of sense.

The first half (女) means “woman,” while the second half of it was taught to me as “stomach.” Well, put two and two together and thus you can figure out why I will always think of this kanji as the Japanese word for beginning. Continue reading