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ひろこです (Hiroko desu.)
Hiroko here.
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Lesson 19.
A Mouth Ful of Kanji!
This Japanese kanji video lesson shows the right way to draw and pronounce the kanji that means mouth or gate.
Okay let’s draw the kanji for this lesson. The meaning of this kanji is mouth or gate.
We are going to have a trick for memorizing this kanji in just a minute but let’s first look at the reading.
Remember there are two readings in Japanese kanji? The one is 音読み (on'yomi) the On reading, the other one is 訓読み (kun'yomi) the Kun reading. Long story short, the On reading comes from Chinese and the Kun reading comes from Japanese.
Now let’s look at the On reading for today’s kanji. The On reading for this kanji is コウ (kō) .The Kun reading for this kanji is くち (kuchi) .
Now remember the trick that I was telling about? Let’s look at that now. I need the green pen.
I am going to draw some eyes so you can better picture the mouth. Now you see this big mouth. We all know someone with big mouth.
Now let’s look at how to draw this kanji. Pay attention to the stroke order, it’s very important. It’s pretty easy. 1, 2, 3. Let’s try one more time 1, 2, 3.
Now let’s look at some sample words.
Ta-dah.
The On reading for this kanji is kou. Here we have じんこう (jinkō). You see the kanji for human and the kanji for mouth. This word means population.
The Kun reading for this kanji is kuchi. Here we have ひとくち (hitokuchi). You see the kanji for 1, the kanji for mouth. This word means one bite.
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September 11th, 2009 at 06:30 PM
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Hey みなさん! Here's another easy kanji for you :hachimaki:

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February 6th, 2018 at 02:52 AM
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Hi Nadzrin,


Thanks for the question! I assume you are asking about the similarity between Katakana 'ro' (ロ) and Kanji 'kuchi' (口).


Yes, you are correct! They look very similar, especially when handwritten. There are few other letters which look similar in Katakana and Kanji. Below are a couple of examples:

Katakana 'ni' (ニ) and Kanji 'ni' (二)

Katakana 'ta' (タ) and Kanji 'yū' (夕)


It's hard, but you need to figure out if a letter is Katakana or Kanji from the context.


Good luck!


Miki H

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Nadzrin
November 2nd, 2017 at 05:32 AM
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Hallo


Das ro und kuchi is quite similar when write it. Was the different?

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February 26th, 2015 at 11:52 AM
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Hi Russell,


We are glad to hear that you and your son are enjoying our video lessons :heart::smile:

After this series, we recommend you to try the next level: https://www.japanesepod101.com/index.php?cat=54

Let us know if you have questions.


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Russell
February 22nd, 2015 at 03:24 AM
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My son is enjoying these lessons also. Can you suggest where we can find more Kanji writing lessons?

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May 27th, 2014 at 05:08 PM
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Maymoona san,

Yes, that’s right.

They look similar.

As you told you should see the context.:smile:

Yuki  由紀

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Maymoona
May 26th, 2014 at 02:01 PM
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very nice lesson ...

Actually , 口 looks very similar to the katakana ロ ... I can't see the difference in the first look

but of course , I won't confuse them if they were in context.

:thumbsup:

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April 30th, 2014 at 07:00 PM
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Kira san,


That’s good.

You could lean new things.


Yuki 由紀

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Kira
April 30th, 2014 at 04:40 AM
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Oh So new to me

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May 12th, 2013 at 05:39 PM
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BreBre-san,

very sorry for the confusion!! And thank you for pointing it out.

It's fixed now:wink:

Thanks!


Natsuko(奈津子),

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BreBre
May 12th, 2013 at 05:57 AM
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i have realized on the lessons list when you like 20 the title says 21 and when you click 21 it says 20 lol