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Kanji lessons moved to their own blog

Posted by Patrick on 23 Jan 2007

If anyone was reading my kanji-a-day lessons, and the blog stats show that somebody other than me was, I have relocated these lessons going forward to their own, dedicated blog. I will be keeping it updated daily, so please visit it often!

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Kanji-A-Day 23 January 2007

Posted by Patrick on 23 Jan 2007

Today’s kanji (Japanese usage) is:

女性
jo-sei
female (woman)

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Kanji-A-Day 22 January 2007

Posted by Patrick on 23 Jan 2007

It occurred to me that I didn’t post for Monday, 22 January. Here is the (belated) lesson from yesterday I meant to post.

Today’s kanji (Japanese usage) is:

男性
dan-sei
male (man)

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Kanji-A-Day 19 January 2007

Posted by Patrick on 18 Jan 2007

Today’s Kanji (Japanese usage) for today and for this weekend will cover the days of the week:

nichiyoubi getsuyoubi kayoubi suiyoubi mokuyoubi kinyoubi doyoubi

These are the days of the week from Sunday to Saturday.

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Kanji-A-Day 18 January 2007

Posted by Patrick on 17 Jan 2007

Today’s kanji (Japanese usage) is:

明日
ashita / asu
tomorrow

The first character contains both the character for day(日) and moon(月) implying one complete day prior to the second character for day which occurs by itself.

Incidentally, the second character is also the shorthand symbol for Sunday (日曜日) pronounced nichiyoubi.
Also, the character 月 is shorthand for Monday (月曜日) and when prefixed by a number, such as 7月, represents that month (or moon) of the year.

other related terms of interest:
一昨日 ototoi: 2 days ago
昨日 kinou: yesterday
明後日 asatte: day after tomorrow
明々後日 shi-asatte: 3 days from now

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Kanji-A-Day 17 January 2007

Posted by Patrick on 17 Jan 2007

I’m starting the kanji-a-day posts up again. Eventually it will become its own blog as soon as I have time to create it. Hopefully you can learn something from it. I try to share characters that a beginner to intermediate Japanese student would encounter; forget that obscure crap.

As always, your pronunciation and meaning will differ in all Chinese dialects, as what I put will be the Japanese usage.
Today’s kanji is:

今日
kyou
(today)

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