Issue 10: Mini 日本語 中級
How do you call the parts that make up kanji? Radicals, right? And in Japanese?
nyone that has been learning Japanese for some time, knows that kanji are made out of parts called『部首 (radicals)』. These can help you understand what certain kanji can mean. For example the earth radical『土』is often used in kanji related to the earth or geographical features such as『埋 (bury)』and『坂 (hill)』. Though any radical can be used in kanji even unrelated to their original meaning, nevertheless, knowing these can help you differentiate when learning new kanji. In todays issue we’re going to take a look at the most common radicals, how they are called and where they’re often positioned.
So did you get everything? 頭がいいね、good! Take five, make yourself a nice cup of tea and let everything settle. Now we’ve memorized 🙂 the most common radicals (and this WILL get tested), let’s do a special Chokochoko practise (I told you so) in:『Find the Radical』!
Whew! That wasn’t too hard was it? How many did you get? Post your results in the comment section. Radicals are an important part of learning kanji, helping you further understand how a kanji is made up and its meaning in relation to the radicals. Radicals are as diverse as there are kanji and there are many more. Hope these basics will help you learn and understand new kanji along the way, がんばってね！