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Japanese Kanji
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Posted 8/1/11 , edited 8/1/11

bambiis wrote:

Me too! I can just "I" 私 (watashi) - formal for males, normal for females ~*~*~ and "I" normal for males ---> 僕 (boku) X3

THANKS EVERYBODY WHO POSTED THE KANJI´S AND HOW TO PRONOUNCE THEM!!! It's very awesome!! I've learned some stuff, keep it on! ^-^


Just a tip - when you're in the CR forums, EDIT your last post using the links on the upper-right hand corner of a post instead of multiple posting if you want to add on to what you've said previously. :)

Regarding the personal pronouns, there are actually quite a lot of them. For the sake of simplicity, we usually teach learners of the language the basic 私 = watashi = "I". This is the most generic form of calling yourself and it's neutral for both men and women. The more "formal" version of this is actually the same kanji > 私 = watakushi = "I". So as not to confuse you any further with things that might be a little too advanced for the beginner, you usually can't tell what the reading of the character is without some form of context or looking at the end of the sentence for "humble speech" conjugations.


私はエドです。 > watashi wa edo desu. > My name is Ed.

私はエドと申します。 > watakushi wa edo to mou shimasu. > My name is Ed.


Both sentences mean exactly the same thing - they even use the same kanji 私, but they are read differently, and they have different nuances in the spoken language. I'd just so well use the first sentence with casual acquaintances, but I'd most certainly use the second one in a job interview.

Anyway, here's a list of more personal pronouns, should you find it useful. All of them are used to refer to yourself. Perhaps the only thing worth noting is that 僕 is commonly believed to be used primarily by Men. This is actually a very flexible word, and girls can feel at home using it without getting much smack for it.



私 > watashi > Neutral, most generic form
私 > watakushi > Formal, used with humble speech
僕 > boku > Casual, primarily used by men but can be used by women as well.
俺 > ore > Masculine, used exclusively by men unless a girl wants to sound funny or tomboyish
わし > washi > Informal, used exclusively by men - particularly older men. Not very common in written form, but may sometimes be written with 私 as well since it's a vulgar form of the same word
あたし > atashi > Casual, used exclusively by women. In the written form, it's almost always written in hiragana, but it may sometimes be written as 私.
我 > ware > Formal, archaic form. Common in literature and older works. Try using it in speech and people might think you sound funny. Amusingly enough, some of you might notice this one as the same personal pronoun for "I" used in Chinese.

Your own name > You can even use your own name. This is particularly girlish and may sound a little weird if done by a boy.



AH, I have a question...!! Isn't water "mizu" in japanese?


Yes. 水 = mizu = "water". Though to blow your mind, this is also read as "sui", as in 水曜日 = suiyoubi = Wednesday. Most kanji have at least two ways of being read, so that makes things tougher by default. I recommend learning the Kanji rote for its individual readings, then apply them in compounds so you get a general feel for when each reading is used. The more technical rules usually baffle the beginner, so rote (sheer memorization) is the only advice I can give to those really serious about learning Kanji. D:
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Posted 9/28/11
I know a lot. Like numbers, rain, love, sadness, hate. etc~
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Posted 12/14/11
週 > Shuu > Week
嘉幸 > Yoshiyuki (my name) > Righteous Happiness
高校 > Koukou > High School
愛 > Ai > Love
翼 > Tsubasa > Wings
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Posted 12/27/11
Nope! I don't know anything!

I will learn it though. I'm really hoping to learn Japanese, both speaking and writing.

I would be learning it in school right now if they had the course. But all my school has is Spanish and French >:U and of course, I can't graduate without two years of a language. Talk about learning a language for nothing T^T'
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Posted 1/9/12
I know quite a bit of Kanji maybe around 200-300ish but still not enough need to learn more kanji to be more fluent and read better. =[ don't really want to write out all the kanji lol.
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Posted 1/16/12
Waaa!!! I want to learn japanese! ^_^
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Posted 3/22/12
I love kanji!! I only know about 500 lol
I want to know all of them
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49 / M / KC
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Posted 3/30/12
Kanji is a lot of fun, but also requires a lot of dedication to learn them all. It's worth it though. It really opens up a whole new world.
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Posted 4/5/12
I know about 100 so far! I couldn't possibly type them all out, but some of them right off the bat are:

血=Blood
花=Flower
私=I
死=Death
愛=Love
兔=Bunny ^.^
猿=Monkey
青=Blue
雪=Snow
赤=Red
春=Spring
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Posted 4/9/12
Haha since I am Chinese I get to cheat when I learn Japanese.

I can understand almost all the kanji. Occasionally there is a kanji invented by the Japanese, or a kanji whose meaning is different from Chinese.

Japanese borrowed heavily from Chinese, kinda like English borrowed heavily from Latin. If you open a Latin dictionary you will recognize a lot of words. See what I am talking about?
Posted 4/25/12
I can read pretty much all of them, but I can't write them from the top of my head.
That's why the computer is so useful, 'cause I know which one is the right one when it shows me the option o.0
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家 - House (Uchi)
口 - Mouth (Kuchi)
目 - Eye (Me)
人 - Person (Nin, Jin)
愛 - Love (Ai)
火 - Fire (Ka, Hi)
水 - Water (Sui, Mizu)
木 - Tree (Ki)
金 - Gold, Money (Kin, Kon, Kane)
土 - Earth, Ground (Tsuchi, Do, To)
本 - Book (Hon)
日 - Day, Sun (Nichi, Jitsu, Hi)
山 - Mountain (Yama)
見 - See (Mi[ru])
子 - Child (Ko)
行 - Go (I[ku]), (Yu[ku])
来 - Come (Ku[ru])
上 - Above, Top (Ue)
下 - Under, Bottom (Shita)
中 - Inside (Naka)
大 - Big (O[kii])
小 - Small (Chii[sai])
川 - River (Kawa)
外 - Outside (Soto)
寺 - Temple (Tera)
時 - Time (Toki)
I know more but there's too many to list. But here are some^^ Hope it helps!
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Posted 4/26/12
火 - Fire
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Posted 4/26/12
入口 - iriguchi - entrance
出口 - deguchi - exit

Important stuff.
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Posted 5/27/12
I know about a third of the kanji that are needed to read a Japanese newspaper.
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