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ANOUNCEMENT: I will now post some info on Kanji radicals as it is essential to learning how to recognize Kanji. As well as links to the source site for more indept info.

Here is an article explaining Kanji radicals and their strokes. Also some basic Kanji with storke order demo and meanings.(IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS VIEWING THE FULL IMAGE CLICK OPEN IN FULL PAGE AT THE TOP OR CLICK THE IMAGE ITSELF TO MAGNIFY IF IT ALLOWS YOU..)




KANJI RADICALS


A radical (bushu) is a common sub-element found in different kanji characters. Every kanji has a radical or a radical itself can be a kanji. Radicals express the general nature of the kanji characters. A radical is the part of the kanji character that gives you a clue to its origin, group, meaning or pronunciation. Many kanji dictionaries organize characters by their radicals.

There are 214 radicals. Don't worry about learning all of them! I doubt most Japanese can recognize and name them all. However, if you memorize some of the important radicals, they will help you to figure out the meanings of many kanji.

Here is a link to the 214 Kanji Radicals with stroke demos: http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/strokes.html

Radicals express the general nature of the kanji characters. Radicals are roughly divided into seven groups (hen, tsukuri, kanmuri, ashi, tare, nyou, and kamae) by their positions.

Hen: Tsukuri:
Kanmuri: Ashi:
Tare: Nyou: Kamae:



About Hen:
1. The "hen" are found at the left side of a kanji character. Here are common radicals that take the "hen" position and some sample kanji characters.

Kanji with this 2 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r9.html
Ninben (person) -


Kanji with this 3 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r32.html
Tsuchihen (earth) -


Kanji with this 3 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r38.html
Onnahen (woman) -


Kanji with this 3 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r60.html
Gyouninben (going man) -


Kanji with this 4 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r61.html
Risshinben(heart) -


Kanji with this 4 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r64.html
Tehen (hand) -


Kanji with this 4 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r75.html
Kihen (tree) -


Kanji with this 4 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r85.html
Sanzui (water) -


Kanji with this 4 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r86.html
Hihen (fire) -


Kanji with this 4 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r93.html
Ushihen (cow) -


Kanji with this 5 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r113.html
Shimesuhen -


Kanji with this 5 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r115.html
Nogihen (two branch tree) -


Kanji with this 6 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r120.html
Itohen (thread) -


Kanji with this 7 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r149.html
Gonben (word) -

Kanji with this 8 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r167.html
Kanehen (metal) -


Kanji with this 8 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r170.html
Kozatohen -

2. In this example we will take a look at the common radicals that take the "tsukuri" and "kanmuri" position.

About Tsukuri:

Link to kanji with this 2 stroke radical: http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r18.html
Rittou (sword) -


Link to kanji with this 4 stroke radical: http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r66.html
Nobun (folding chair) -


Link to kanji with this 4 stroke radical: http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r76.html
Akubi (gap) -


Link to kanji with this 9 stroke radical: http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r181.html
Oogai (page) -

About Kanmuri :


Link to kanji with this 3 stroke radical: http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r40.html
Ukanmuri (crown) -


Link to kanji with this 6 stroke radical: http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r118.html
Takekanmuri (bamboo) -


Link to kanji with this 6 stroke radical: http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r140.html
Kusakanmuri (grass) -


Link to kanji with this 8 stroke radical: http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r173.html
Amekanmuri (rain) -


We have learned the radicals that take the "hen" position and the radicals that take the "tsukuri" and "kanmuri" position. This is the last lesson about radicals. We will take a look at the common radicals that take the "ashi," "tare," "nyou" and "kamae" position. Click the link to learn all kanji characters associated with each radical.



About Ashi:

Kanji with this 2 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r10.html
Hitoashi (human legs) -


Kanji with this 4 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r61.html
Kokoro (heart) -


Kanji with this 4 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r86.html
Rekka (fire) -

About Tare:

Kanji with this 3 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r44.html
Shikabane (flag) -


Kanji with this 3 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r53.html
Madare (dotted cliff) -


Kanji with this 5 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r104.html
Yamaidare (sick) -

About Nyou:

Kanji with this 7 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r162.html
Shinnyou (road) -


Kanji with this 3 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r54.html
Ennyou (long stride) -

About Kamae

Kanji with this 3 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r31.html
Kunigamae(box) -


Kanji with this 8 stroke radical : http://nuthatch.com/kanji/demo/r169.html
Mongamae (gate) -


Kanji Aids

KiKi's Kanji Dictionary!
http://nuthatch.com/kanji/

Kanji Challenge Reading Quiz Archive!
http://japanese.about.com/library/blkquiz.htm



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Posted 4/19/11
awesome i think i'll study this if i have time
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