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ひろこです (Hiroko desu.)
Hiroko here.
Welcome to japanesepod101.com kanji corner brought to you by japanesepod101.com, start speaking Japanese in minutes. Get your free lifetime account at japanesepod101.com, it’s a grove.
Have you ever seen the kanji for Japan?
Ever wondered what they mean? If so, this is the lesson for you.
Let’s take a look at today’s kanji.
Today’s kanji is Hon. This kanji means the origin.
We are going to have a trick to memorize this kanji in just a minute but let’s first take a look at the kanji readings.
One is 音読み (on'yomi) the On reading and the other one is 訓読み (kun'yomi) the Kun reading. Long story short, On readings come from Chinese and the Kun reading come from Japanese.
The On reading for this character is ホン (hon) and the Kun reading for this kanji is もと (moto) .
And remember the trick that I was telling you about? Let’s look at that now. I need the green pen again.
See the top part? It is again a tree. But we have a bigger root. So this line shows the bigger root of the tree.
Now let’s take a look at the stroke order. Just like 木 (ki) left to right, top to bottom, middle to left, middle to the right and last one, sideways. Let’s try it one more time. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Got it?
Now let’s look at some sample words and phrases.
Ta-dah!
The On reading for this character is hon .So here we have きほん (kihon). It means base or the origin.
Next we have Kun reading. The Kun reading is moto. Here we have おおもと (ōmoto) which means the foundation or the origin.
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Thank you for watching, ありがとうございました (Arigatō gozaimashita.)

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January 30th, 2009 at 06:30 PM
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Wasn't Hiroko-sensi cute! She did a great job of teaching us the kanji for "origin". Do you know any names that have this kanji? How are they prononced?

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July 15th, 2020 at 09:26 PM
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zeroさん


Thank you so much for your feedback👍

Your words mean a lot to us. I've forwarded this to my team for our future improvement.

Please let us know if you have any questions :)


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zeroさん
July 13th, 2020 at 07:40 PM
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can you plz make more examples of a kanji and show the examples in a sentence to understand better ?

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December 1st, 2019 at 06:20 AM
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SJさん


質問ありがとうございます!

Yes, the definitions are nearly the same, but 大元 is more like "fundamental" and 基礎 is "basis," so they are slightly different.


Please let us know if you have any question :)


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SJ
November 20th, 2019 at 12:40 AM
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Can you please explain the differences between the words 大本 and 基本 . Their definitions are nearly the same. Can you use them both in a sentence and explain why one would be used over the other?

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October 18th, 2018 at 11:11 AM
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August 2nd, 2018 at 04:34 AM
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こんにちは!ありがとうございます!

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June 20th, 2018 at 04:56 AM
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Thank you so much for the videos, I'm gonna learn japanese and live in Japan in the future, this is my dream 😊

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March 12th, 2018 at 09:58 PM
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こんばんは、JapanesePod101

Kanji is very difficult

But I'll try to learn this

ありがとうございました。

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私はフィリピン人でしょう

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March 13th, 2017 at 05:47 PM
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ニコル san,

Konnichiwa.

Books are made of paper and paper is made from wood.

I think that is the reason why book has 木 in it.

:laughing:

Yuki 由紀

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