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By James W. Heisig

The purpose of this ebook is to supply the coed of eastern with an easy technique for correlating the writing and the that means of jap characters in one of these manner as to lead them to either effortless to recollect. it truly is meant not just for the newbie, but additionally for the extra complicated pupil searching for a few aid from the consistent frustration of ways to write down the kanji and a few option to systematize what she or he already is familiar with. the writer starts with writing because--contrary to first impressions--it is in reality the easier of the 2. He abandons the normal approach to ordering the kanji in keeping with their frequency of use and organizes them in response to their part elements or "primitive elements." Assigning every one of those elements a special which means with its personal precise photo, the scholar is resulted in harness the powers of "imaginative memory" to benefit a few of the mixtures that outcome. moreover, every one kanji is given its personal key notice to symbolize the which means, or one of many primary meanings, of that personality. those keywords give you the atmosphere for a specific kanji's "story," whose protagonists are the primitive components.
In this manner, scholars may be able to whole in a couple of brief months a role that will another way take years. Armed with an identical abilities as chinese language or Korean scholars, who be aware of the which means and writing of the kanji yet now not their pronunciation in eastern, they're now in a far better place to benefit to learn (which is handled in a separate volume).

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An example follows in the next frame. 54 | remembering the kanji 1 102 貫 pierce If one is asked to think of associations for the word pierce, among the first to come to mind is that of piercing one’s ears to hold earrings, a quite primitive form of self-mutilation that has survived into the 21st century. The kanji here is read, top to bottom: mama . . oyster. All you need to do is imagine piercing an ear so that it can hold a mother-of-pearl (actually, a mamaof-pearl) you have just wrested from an oyster.

11] 匿 區 十 90 separate 別 In the Old East, the samurai and his saber were never separated. They were constant companions, like the cowboy of the Old West and his six-shooter. This character depicts what must have been the height of separation-anxiety for a samurai: to be bound up with a rope and unable to get at his saber leaning only a few feet away from him. Look at that mouth bellowing out for shame and sorrow! Note the order in which the element for tied up is written— just as it had been with the character for ten thousand.

Think of a grotesquely fat man whose paunch so covers the plate that he is always getting hit by the pitch. Hence a round baseball player becomes a fat man. 45 寸 measurement This kanji actually stood for a small measurement used prior to the metric system, a bit over an inch in length, and from there acquired the sense of measurement. In the old system, it was one-tenth of a shaku (whose kanji we shall meet in frame 1070). ). [3] lesson 3 | 31 倬 倭 倶 * As a primitive, we shall use this to mean glue or glued to.

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