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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Kanji for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), Level N3 (1)

The basic introduction to Kanji has finished, so now I'd like to focus on the characters that I'm studying for the JLPT (N3 level).

My goal is to post 1 kanji everyday.  The characters come from the U-CAN textbook series for students studying for the JLPT N3 level.

From here onwards, the characters and explanations will probably become more complex.

But also more interesting:-).

Meaning: BODY
Reading: SHIN / mi
Strokes: 7

Etymology: A pictograph showing a pregnant woman standing side-on.  Originally the meaning was limited to pregnant woman, but later came to encompass the meaning of body in general.

Mnemonic:  A pregnant woman has a conspicuous BODY.

自身 - JISHIN - Oneself
身体 - SHINTAI - Body
身分 - MIBUN - Status

(Based upon Henshall, 1998)

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