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Kanji: 学

By Ponte Ryūrui / 01/09/2011 /

学 belongs to the 会意文字 (かいいもじ, kaii moji, i.e. set of characters that are a combination of two or more pictographs, or characters whose meaning was based on

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Hand-written Chinese characters vs. computer font.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 28/08/2011 /

Vast majority of young people in Japan has troubles with remembering how to reconstruct given Hand-written Chinese character from their memory, and

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Kanji: 花

By Ponte Ryūrui / 27/08/2011 /

花 belongs to the 形声文字 (けいせいもじ, keiseimoji, i.e. phono-semantic compound characters). This is by far the largest group of Chinese characters, concluding

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Kanji: 火

By Ponte Ryūrui / 09/08/2011 /

火 belongs to the 象形文字(しょうけいもじ, shoukeimoji, i.e. set of characters of pictographic origin). It is a pictograph of blazing flames

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Kanji: 下

By Ponte Ryūrui / 26/07/2011 /

下 belongs to the 指事文字 (しじもじ, shijimoji, i.e. set of characters expressing simple abstract concepts). The original idea expressed by the

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Kanji: 音

By Ponte Ryūrui / 18/07/2011 /

音 belongs to the 会意文字 (かいいもじ, kaii moji, i.e. set of characters that are a combination of two or more pictographs, or characters whose meaning was based on

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Oracle bone script (甲骨文, こうこしゅぶん, koukotsubun)

Kanji: 王

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/07/2011 /

The seal script form of the character 玉 (たま, tama, “sphere”, also a “jewel”), initially was mostly identical to 王 in form. The only difference was

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Figure 1. 金文 (きんぶん, kinbun, i.e. “text on metal”) form of the character員

Kanji: 円

By Ponte Ryūrui / 06/07/2011 /

The traditional form of 円 is 圓, whose most ancient form is 員. The other form of 員 was surrounded by

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Importance of the stroke order in writing Chinese characters.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 02/07/2011 /

Not many people would give it a thought, but the stroke order (i.e. the order in which you write the lines of each kanji) is more important than it may seem

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Kanji: 雨

By Ponte Ryūrui / 30/06/2011 /

Kanji 雨 consist of three compounds that all add to its pictographic nature. The top part 一 represents the heavens (天,てん, ten), the 冂 (けい, kei) represents

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