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ひろこです (Hiroko desu.)
Hiroko here.
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Lesson 10.
Combination Kanji.
You’ve learned so much kanji lately and you are probably ready for rest.
Instead, why not take a look at the kanji that means rest?
Now let’s draw today’s kanji. The meaning for this kanji is to rest.
Now we are going to have a trick for memorizing this kanji in just a minute but let’s first look at the kanji readings.
And remember, there are two readings in Japanese kanji? One is On readings and the other one is Kun readings. Long story short, the On reading comes from Chinese and the Kun reading comes from Japanese.
The On reading for this kanji is キュウ (kyū) and the Kun reading for this kanji is やす (yasu). やす (yasu) is in やすむ (yasumu).
And remember the hint that I was telling you about? Let’s look at that now.
This left part, this part indicates the person or human and the right part indicates the tree. So a person resting under the tree.
Now let’s learn how to draw this kanji. Pay attention to the stroke order, it’s very important. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Let’s try it again. Person 1, 2, a tree 3, 4, 5, 6.
Now let’s look at some sample words.
Ta-dah.
The On reading for this kanji is kyu. Here we have きゅうじつ (kyūjitsu).It means holiday. You see the kanji here.
The Kun reading for this kanji is yasu. やす (yasu). is in やすみ (yasumi) which means the holiday or the day off.
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May 1st, 2009 at 06:30 PM
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Hello みなさん! We're right in the middle of Golden Week here in Japan, so this kanji seems very appropriate! Do/did you have a spring break (春休み, haruyasumi)?

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June 6th, 2016 at 06:54 AM
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Louise san

Konnichiwa.

It was decided long time ago so please don’t ask us why.

Because it is Japanese….

I can understand the difficulties of kanji and distinguishing particular reading from others.

However, it is so then you have to memories it…:disappointed:

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Louise
May 31st, 2016 at 12:39 AM
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The on-yomi reading of "sun" (日)can be pronouced/read in two ways "jitsu" (ジツ) and "nichi" (ニチ)

But the on-yomi for "holiday" is written as "kyuujitsu" (キュウ 日〕using "jitsu" (ジツ)

Why is not "nichi"(ニチ) used in this context?

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September 2nd, 2015 at 02:27 PM
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Bango san

Konnichiwa.:smile:

Thank you for your question.

When you have kanji with hiragana (okurigana), you should use kun-reading.

When you have compound kanji (more than two kanjis), you shoul use on-reading.

For example, 聞く is ki-ku and 新聞 is shinbun.

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Bongo
August 28th, 2015 at 08:30 PM
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Thank you for the lesson but every time I'm asking myself how can I know when to use the one tipe of On/Kun reading and when to use the other one?

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February 23rd, 2015 at 08:03 PM
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Farebury san,

Konnichiwa.

The left radical should be smaller than the right because of balanced and beautiful appearance.

If you made 人 thin and turn a bit, it looks like イ doesn’t it?


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Farebury
February 23rd, 2015 at 09:05 AM
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ughh why does 休み the 人 looks like イ.

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December 22nd, 2014 at 03:45 PM
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Hi Peter Dray!


Thank you for posting!

It's always easier to remember kanji if you think of a story or a picture :innocent:

I hope you are enjoying learning kanji with us!


Happy holidays!

Engla

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Peter Dray
December 22nd, 2014 at 10:16 AM
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well that's genius, a person resting under a tree makes that much easier to memorize now thanks :-)

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May 13th, 2014 at 06:21 PM
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Maymoona san,

Is it too easy?:grin:

You are great you keep studying!

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Maymoona
May 10th, 2014 at 07:30 PM
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* Sorry I meant "On-Yomi" :disappointed: