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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Nine

Reading: KYUU, KU, kokono-

Strokes: 2

Etymology:  Originally written showing a bent elbow, which was the sign for the number nine when counting with only one arm.

Hint: Think of this as ten with a hook on the cross stroke meaning "minus 1" - thus nine.


Mnemonic: LESS THAN PERFECT TEN = NINE

Combinations: 

九日 (kokonoka) the ninth day
九月 (kugatsu) September

(Based upon Henshall, 1998)

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