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Monday, 10 October 2011

Four Kanji Types (#2)

The sign / symbol (shiji moji)

Shiji moji characters express abstract concepts:

  1. 上(うえ - up)
  2. 下(した - down)
  3. 回(まわる - turn) 
Like pictographs, these characters can be learned without too much effort.

Some scholars debate whether a character is a pictograph or a symbol:

  • 一(いち - one)for example.  
I'll leave these debates to the scholars.  I'm simply glad to know these characters:-).

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