Kanjii Challenge Week 46: Silk 糸 (糹) and Meat 肉 (⺼) Radical

Kanjii Challenge Week 46: Silk 糸 (糹) and Meat 肉 (⺼) Radical

While we learned kanji with 10 different radicals this week, most of the kanji were either silk 糸 (糹) or meat 肉 (⺼). While we have learned about the silk radical before, the meat or “flesh” radical is a little trickier. While the standard variation 肉 is easy to recognize, the radical is most often seen in this variation: ⺼. There are only TWO kanji that use the original variation. Unfortunately, the common variation is basically impossibly to distinguish from the radical for moon: 月. Yes, they look different when typed alone, but when used in a kanji…not so much!

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Kanji Challenge Week 45: Too Many Radicals!

Kanji Challenge Week 45: Too Many Radicals!

It’s the end of Week 45 and we are cruising steadily through the 6th grade! Just three more weeks until we graduate to high school!!!

We’ve heard some concerns from a few people who are worried that they can’t keep up. And we wanted to let you know: don’t fret! It’s OK if you don’t memorize every single kanji and radical and on’yomi and kun’yomi each week…it’s a lot to learn and kanji are much more complex than simple vocab.

The most important thing to focus on is the overall meaning of the kanji, and then one or two times its used in context. As you learn and get exposed more you will get more comfortable to say “Oh I know that kanji” even if you aren’t sure how it’s pronounced in that word. Just remember, the biggest part of the kanji challenge is getting daily exposure to more and more kanji!

We had FOURTEEN different radicals this week (and we learned two new ones!) so let’s see how we did!

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The NEW Advanced Classroom is HERE (along with New Advanced Lessons)!!!

The NEW Advanced Classroom is HERE (along with New Advanced Lessons)!!!

The last few months have been a crazy time here at Nihongo Master as we said goodbye to our beloved instructor, Masako. But luckily, we also said hello to our beloved NEW instructor, Aki!

In addition to answering your questions on the site, Aki has also been busy designing our BRAND NEW CLASSROOM! That’s right, since we finished the N4 back in October, we have been working hard on designing lessons for the JLPT N3! With our new classroom comes some BIG changes. The first is that our existing “Advanced” classroom, is now Intermediate. If you thought you were advanced before, now there is a whole new classroom for you to master!
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