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ひろこです (Hiroko desu.)
Hiroko here.
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Lesson 23.
A Language of Its Own.
This Japanese kanji video lesson shows the right way to draw and pronounce the kanji that means a word or language.
Okay let’s draw the kanji for this lesson. The meaning of this kanji is a word or language.
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 ゴ (go). The Kun reading for this kanji is かた (kata) as in かたる (kataru).
Remember the trick that I was telling you about? Let’s look at that now. I need the green pen.
It looks like the kanji for a story? The right part indicates itself. When a word acts as itself, it becomes a language.
Now let’s look at how to draw this kanji. Pay attention to the stroke order, it’s very important. We start from the left part, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, the right part, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. Let’s try it again. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.
Now let’s look at some sample words.
Ta-dah.
The On reading for this kanji is go . Here we have げんご (gengo) this word means a language.
The Kun reading for this kanji is kata as in かたる (kataru). This word means to tell a story. Now do you know the word for Japanese language? Let’s try to draw it here. You know this kanji for sun and you know this kanji for root. And today we learned this kanji, language. So Japanese language にほんご (Nihon-go).
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November 6th, 2009 at 06:30 PM
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みなさん, Do you know how to write 語 now? :smile: Now hopefully you can write the word for Japanese - 日本語!

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July 19th, 2021 at 09:07 PM
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Tanmayiさん


コメントありがとうございます😄

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Please keep up the great work😇


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Tanmayi
June 17th, 2021 at 02:15 PM
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日本語! Now i can write kanji words . Japanese pod 101 . com is v. good

Tanmayi
June 17th, 2021 at 02:09 PM
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日本語!

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March 27th, 2020 at 08:29 PM
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こんにちは ステイーヴ,


コメントありがとうございます!Thank you for your comment.


It's great to read your motivating lines, thank you so much for it! Indeed, it might seem overwhelming at first, but it gets easier and more logical as you move forward! 😇


Let us know if you have any questions.


Wishing you good luck with your Japanese,

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ステイーヴ
March 21st, 2020 at 11:59 PM
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I have found that although it is difficult to learn all the kanji, it gets easier as you learn more. You begin to see patterns in how words are formed. Also, the more of them you learn, the more you learn HOW to learn them, and the better you get at it. Keep adding all the vocabulary to your flashcards (I have a "Beginner Kanji" flashcard deck for this course) and review them regularly. It's not that bad if you keep at it. There are just so many kanji out there that it can seem daunting, but don't let that stop you. Just keep moving forward and you'll get there!

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November 3rd, 2018 at 12:55 AM
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Hi cione,


Thank you for leaving a comment to help out other learners!

Thanks for studying Japanese with us! 😄


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Miki H

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cione
September 29th, 2018 at 06:53 AM
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@Damian

Review the 日 kanji and the 本 kanji, the answer is there. Look at the On readings and the Kun readings of both

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June 20th, 2016 at 05:27 AM
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Damian Gribovski san,

Konnichiwa.:smile:

We are sorry about that.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us anytime.

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Damian Gribovski
June 8th, 2016 at 03:47 AM
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I'm confused...


How comes 日本 is pronounced as 'nihon', if you didn't tell us about that O_O

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April 14th, 2015 at 01:01 PM
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japanese guy san,

konnichiwa.

Yes, you are right.

Long long time ago a Japanese king sent a letter to a Chinese king and said ‘from king rising sun to king sundown’ in the letter.


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