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ひろこです (Hiroko desu.)
Hiroko here.
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Today’s kanji means east.
And you have to use the kanjis that you used in the previous lessons.
Let’s take a look at the kanji.
The meaning of this kanji is east.
We are going to have a trick for memorizing this kanji in just a minute but for now, let’s look at the reading.
Remember, there are two kinds of reading in kanji? One is On reading and the other one is Kun reading. On reading is 音読み (on'yomi) come from Chinese and the Kun reading 訓読み (kun'yomi) come from Japanese.
And the On reading for this kanji is トウ (tō) and the Kun reading for this kanji is ひがし (higashi).
And now remember the trick that I just told you about? Let’s look at that now.
This part is the sun, right? And the other part, remember the first kanji we learned in our lessons? It is a tree. So it’s kind of like you are looking towards the east. There is a sun coming up and then you see a tree in the east. So the sun and the tree. Pretty simple, right?
Okay let’s look at how to draw this kanji. Pay attention to the stroke order. Left to right on the top, and next we draw 日 (hi) kanji. And we go back to the top and go straight down to the bottom. Middle, down, and middle to the right. Let’s try one more time. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, 6, 7, 8.
Now let’s look at some sample words and phrases.
Ta-dah!
For On reading we have tou. とうほく (Tōhoku) you see the east kanji here? This means north-east.
And for Kun reading, we have higashi which is also commonly used Japanese name for Mr. Higashi or Mrs. Higashi. Higashi san which means east.
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February 27th, 2009 at 06:30 PM
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みなさん、こんにちは! We hope you're enjoying the kanji video series! Can you think of any other kanji that are essentially two other kanji put together? (There are a lot out there!)

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April 26th, 2021 at 06:33 PM
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Pablo Ignacio Scalettaさん & シャハンさん


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April 25th, 2021 at 07:41 AM
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こんにちは David Yu,


We are sorry about that. You can slow down the audio/video for our lessons by clicking on the speed icon located next to the volume control button. (Please note, however, that this feature is currently not available for vocabulary lists.)


In case you have not studied our alphabet and pronunciation related lessons yet, I would strongly recommend that you check them out. These will surely help you tremendously in following native pronunciation styles. These introductory videos are crucial and will help your listening skills skyrocket! 😇


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April 24th, 2021 at 02:13 AM
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一+二=三 that is because 1+2=3

人+二=仁 that is because it takes to person to be benevolent

口+玉=国 that is because people talk about their country is precious like a jade...

Pablo Ignacio Scaletta
April 24th, 2021 at 01:36 AM
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I remember the word "higashi" from the Fatal Fury videogame series: there is a fighter called Joe Higashi.

David Yu
April 23rd, 2021 at 05:44 AM
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I like Japanesepod101.com.

The only issue I have is the speakers speak too fast!

I can hardly hear each word clearly which make it very difficult for me to repeat the words.


Thanks.

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September 2nd, 2020 at 05:16 PM
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That'a really good one😇👍

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September 1st, 2020 at 11:26 PM
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I have my own mnemonic.The mnemonic is:When you put "sun" and "tree" in a compound,you get the compound for Japan, and Japan lies to the EAST of China, where (most) kanji originated.

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こんにちは、アニさん

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August 2nd, 2018 at 04:41 AM
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ありがとうございます!

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Asa さん、

こんにちは。


Thanks for posting and sharing with us your ways of memorizing the kanji :thumbsup:


Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.


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