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Saturday, 15 October 2011

Kanji structure (1)

Most kanji are made up of two or more parts.

The main part within a character is called the radical.  This gives the main idea of the character's nature.

The lesser parts add either semantic (meaning) and/or phonetic (sound) information.

Example:

(つち)meaning earth/ground, is a common radical placed either at the base or to the left of a character (slightly squashed looking), shows that the kanji character is associated with the earth or ground in some way.

Examples:

 (しろ)means castle - very earthy.

 (じょ/ば)means place - originally and open place where the sun shines down.

Radical concept, eh? (groan...)

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