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ひろこです (Hiroko desu.)
Hiroko here.
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Lesson 22.
The Story of Kanji.
This Japanese kanji video lesson shows the right way to draw and pronounce the kanji that means to talk or a story.
Okay let’s draw the kanji for this lesson. The meaning of this kanji is a story or to talk.
We are going to have a trick for memorizing this kanji in just a minute but let’s first look at the readings.
Remember there are two readings in Japanese kanji? 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 ワ (wa). The Kun reading for this kanji is はなし (hanashi) or はな (hana) as in はなす (hanasu).
Now remember the trick that I was telling you about? Let’s look at that now. I need a green pen.
This left part indicates the kanji for to say. The right part indicates the tongue. So to say with your tongue, you tell a story and you speak.
Okay now let’s look at how to draw this kanji. Pay attention to the stroke order. Start from the left 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. Let’s try it one more time 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, the tongue 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.
Now let’s look at some sample words.
Ta-dah.
The On reading for this kanji is wa . Here we have しんわ (shinwa). This means a myth.
The Kun reading for this kanji is はな (hana) as in はなす (hanasu). This word means to talk. Next we have はなし (hanashi) this word means a story.
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October 23rd, 2009 at 06:30 PM
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Mina-san, 話 is a really important kanji! Do you know how to write it now?

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September 30th, 2017 at 01:17 PM
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Hi Polly Nguyen,

Thank you for your comment!


A kanji "話” has a meaning of "story" as the lesson notes show. And a kanji "言” means "word".

A verb "話す(hanasu)" means "to talk" "to speak", while a verb "言う(iu)" means "to say" "to tell", and sometimes "to ask".

For example,

わたしはいぬについて話した。 Watashi wa inu ni tsuite hanashita. (=I talked about dogs.)

わたしはそう言った。 Watashi wa sō itta. (=I said so.)


Keep studying with JapanesePod101.com

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Polly Nguyen
September 18th, 2017 at 06:51 PM
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Hey guys,

Could you please help me to distinguish between 言 and 話? Meaning and usage? Many thanks to ya'll

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May 24th, 2016 at 07:56 AM
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Ariana Alexandra Ramos Rocha Semedo さん、

Konnichiwa.:smile:

We have a skype lesson program.

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Ariana Alexandra Ramos Rocha Semedo
May 14th, 2016 at 10:39 PM
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Hi everyone.

Does anyone know any website that we can practice our speaking verbally? like an exchange language website or something...

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February 25th, 2016 at 11:59 AM
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Davidさん こんにちは。


コメントありがとうございます。

You're right. The literal translation is “Please listen to my story”

This English translation adopt “Please listen to me.” because it's more natural as an English phrase.


Stay tuned,

Motoko

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David
February 19th, 2016 at 11:49 PM
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こんいちはみなさん、


Hello everybody,


In the vocabulary expansion, there is the phrase『私の話を聞いてください 』,and its translation, "Please listen to me." Isn't the translation really, "Please listen to my story" ?


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February 24th, 2015 at 04:55 PM
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Fareburyn san,

Konnichiwa.:smile:

I can really understand your frustration.:disappointed:

Japanese native speakers take at least 9 years to master kanji.

Practice makes perfect.

Yuki 由紀

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Farebury
February 24th, 2015 at 11:46 AM
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oh my gosh why do i feel like im not learning anything? kanji is so hard ひらがな と カタカナ are so easy compared to kanji ugh!!!!!!!

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October 20th, 2014 at 01:11 PM
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Hi Anonymous,


Thank you for posting!

We are glad to hear that you are enjoying our lessons :grin::heart::thumbsup:

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Anonymous
October 18th, 2014 at 01:12 PM
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Dear JapanesePod101,


Is Hiroko going to make more Kanji videos anytime soon? Love the videos.:smile: