Week 37: The Silk Radical (糸 (糹)) and More!

Week 37: The Silk Radical (糸 (糹)) and More!

At the end of Week 37 we have learned 777 kanji!!! 7 is a lucky number in America, but not so much in Japan. This week we had 9 kanji with the silk radical (also referred to as the thread radical) and we saw it used for all kinds of different words. The thread radical is very important to joyo kanji as it is used in 63 of them!!!

If you want to learn more about the evolution of the silk radical, here is a great, in-depth explanation of uses. And here is another more historical look at the etymology (origin) of the kanji.

Tomorrow week we will be posting a full review of all 214 KangXi radicals to help you remember all their different forms, and learn how to identify which part of the kanji is the radical. Of course, with Japanese, you know there will be more exceptions than rules involved!

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Joyo Kanji Challenge Week 36: Why So Many Radicals?

Joyo Kanji Challenge Week 36: Why So Many Radicals?

At the end of Week 36 we have learned more than 750 kanji!!! This week we had 12 different radicals, which can make remembering them all a little harder. Next week we will be posting a full review of all 216 KangXi radicals to help you remember all their different forms, and learn how to identify which part of the kanji is the radical. Of course, with Japanese, you know there will be more exceptions than rules involved!

Can you match all 12 radicals to their kanji this week?

water 水 (氵, 氺)
fire 火 (灬)
slice 片
dog 犬 (犭)
dark, profound 玄
jade (king) 玉 (王)
field 田
dish 皿
eye 目
stone 石
sign 示 (礻)
grain 禾

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What Is Kanji?

What Is Kanji?

If you’re just starting to learn Japanese, congratulations! You may have already learned hiragana and katakana, and if you’re reading this it means you’ve probably come across your first kanji. But what IS kanji exactly? Is it Chinese? Is it Japanese? How do I pronounce kanji? How do I remember kanji? How many kanji ARE there? How many kanji do I have to learn? Why are there so many strokes???
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