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Kanji Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Kanji Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Kanji is one of the three forms of Japanese writing. A kanji is an ideogram: that is, a kind of simple picture. It is a symbol of an idea such as an object, thing or quality.

Kanji ideograms (or “characters”) were taken from Chinese characters, and many were gradually changed. The word “kanji” means “Han characters” (i.e. “Chinese characters”).

There are two other systems used to write in Japanese. These systems are called Hiragana and Katakana (together they are called “Kana”). They show how a word is pronounced because each character stands for a syllable (a, ka, sa, ta etc.). Each kanji could also be written in kana, indeed they are in children’s books or books for foreigners learning Japanese.

Many words in Japanese can have more than one meaning, e.g. “hana” can mean “nose” or “flower”, but the kanji character for each is quite different. However, each kanji character can have several different pronunciations, according to which meaning (which “reading”) is intended.

Kanji Sample Sentences in News

  • Double up on your kanji to avoid homonym mixups
    Although the Japanese and Chinese languages differ considerably in their syntax and pronunciation, one characteristic they share, along with use of kanji, is lots of homonyms. Mathews’ Chinese-English Dictionary, for example, lists 70 characters with the pronunciation shih (or shi, when transcribed in hanyu pinyin), which sounds like the English “shirt” minu Read more on this news related to 'Kanji'
  • Persona Q: Party forming video, Fuuka, Kanji, Koromaru, and Rise English character trailers
    This week’s Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth media blasts includes English character trailers for Persona 3‘s Fuuka and Koromaru, Persona 4‘s Kanji and Rise, and an introduction to party forming. In Persona Q, players can build their own party of characters from Persona 3 and 4. You can mash them together or stick to […] Read Persona Q: Party forming vid Read more on this news related to 'Kanji'
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Kanji Trailer
    I'll bash you good! The brash Kanji is back as a front-line brawler with his trusty metal chair. He has high HP for brutal physical attacks and his Persona Take-Mikazuchi gives him lightning elemental attacks. A high HP sub-Persona works well for Kanji, but it's up to you if you want to make him an all-out damage dealer or a tank with defensive abilities. Read more on this news related to 'Kanji'

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