Improve Your Japanese - Communication Kanji

This hub series is created to help those who wish to learn Japanese. Words to do with particular areas are grouped and tabulated in order to provide a quick reference and learning method. Spending 2 minutes every day going over tabulated kanji like this is a great way of ensuring you have remembered kanji concretely and securely.

Language Nouns

Kanji
Reading
Meaning
Romaji (phonetic reading)
名前
なまえ
Name
Na-ma-e
名詞
めいし
Noun
Mei-shi
有名
ゆうめい
Famous
yuu--mei
ローマ字
ローマじ
Romaji (Transliteration of Japanese into Latin letters, from 'roman')
Roo-ma-ji
Character
ji
漢字
かんじ
Kanji
kan-ji
文字
もじ
Alphabet letter/Character
mo-ji
ぶん
Text, Sentence, Writing
bu-n
文学
ぶんがく
Literature
bu-n-ga-ku
作文
さくぶん
Writing (e.g. essay)/composition
sa-ku-bu-n
文学部
ぶんがくぶ
Faculty of literature
bu-n-ga-ku-bu

Examples

私の名前はすずきさん ー my name is Mr.Suzuki
彼は有名です - he is famous
漢字を覚えにくいですよ!(覚える - おぼえる - to memorise) ー it is difficult to memorise kanji!
たくさんの名詞があります ー there are many nouns
日本語の文を書いています ー I'm writing a sentence in Japanese

Communication Verbs

Kaniji
Reading
Meaning
Romaji (phonetic reading)
言う
いう
Say
ee-u
話す
はなす
Speak
ha-na-su
読む
よむ
Read
yo-mu
書く
かく
Write
ka-ku
聞く
きく
Listen/Hear/Ask/Query
ki-ku
 
 
 
 
Communication Nouns
 
 
 
辞書
じしょ
Dictionary
ji-shyo
電話
でんわ
Telephone
den-wa
会話
かいわ
Conversation
kai-wa
言語学
げんごがく
Linguistics
gen-go-gaku
新聞
しんぶん
Newspaper
shin-bu-n

母に何かを言います。I speak to my mother.

弟さんと話したいです。I want to speak to my older brother.

言語学が面白いです(おもしろい)。Linguistics is interesting.

毎日新聞を読みます。I read a newspaper every day.

辞書があります。There is a dictionary.


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Borsia 4 years ago from Currently, Philippines

Interesting but it would help to have the phonetic pinyin, or the Japanese equivalent, given that almost no one outside of those countries can read the symbols.

It helps to be able to say the word in the native tongue as you look at the symbols.

Even after living in China I still know only a very few symbols.

I did one time, after about 2 hours with an electronic translator, figure out how to write;

“The pure and bright fire of the man enters the slave girl.”

Does one really need to be able to write anything more?


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Philanthropy2012 4 years ago from London Author

Ahh, the phonetic latin reading is "Romaji" which incidentally is one of the words mentioned in this hub. The reason I didn't include Romaji is because when learning Japanese you are always discouraged from using the roman alphabet, rather you should be using the two Japanese alphabets Katakana and Hiragana, but I suppose it won't hurt to add another column for people who aren't learning but might start to in the near future.

So you lived in China huh? How was it? I imagine the answer can differ depending on where it was, a very diverse country after all. They share the same symbols, Japanese taking the chinese ones for their own language of course.


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Philanthropy2012 4 years ago from London Author

All done :)


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Borsia 4 years ago from Currently, Philippines

I lived in the very southernmost tip of China in the town of Sanya for 6 months and then in Chengdu, which is in central China.

The two places couldn’t be more different. Sanya is very tropical and is often referred to as the Hawaii of China. It is very nice and very warm in the winter, unbearably hot and humid in the summer.

Chengdu is a strange place in that it is shrouded in a fog-like haze almost year round; it is famous for being the least sunny place in China. It’s strange because with the very limited visibility you can’t use any landmarks. It’s like being eternally lost if you are a foreigner. For me who grew up in California and is so used to orienting things to mountains or distant buildings it was very odd.

The Chinese people are super, very friendly and very sincere. But in Chengdu I was almost the only Caucasian there so it took some getting used to being stared at everywhere by so many people.

There are only 2 really good weeks in Chengdu 1 in the fall and 1 in the spring. However the spring week was ruined by the Chengdu earthquake.

I live in Colombia right now but I’m planning to move to the Philippines in January or February. I’ll be visiting China off and on and I look forward to it.

I’m slowly putting up my website that ties in with my book on travel and travel safety and I have got a few things on Sanya up now.

If you want to see the site is SmartSafeTraveler.com.


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Philanthropy2012 4 years ago from London Author

ahh fantastic, I count you as very lucky to be able to live in all of these different countries and experience such vastly different cultures, It must have been very enriching!

Great that you've used your experience to write a book to help others too!

Best of luck in the Philippines!


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emmaspeaks 4 years ago from Kansas City

Interesting hub. I have been studying Japanese for five years now. I know about 500 kanji and I have gotten pretty good at reading and writing it. I might try to write some hubs on this topic, too. I have a wealth of books and websites to draw from. Great article.


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Philanthropy2012 4 years ago from London Author

??????????! and ???? ! That's a good amount, I have no idea how many kanji I'm on now and I suppose part of the problem is that you forget them so quickly, I thought if I consolidate them into these hubs then I'll know for sure I know them for keeps and be able to review them.

By the way, you may have heard of this website already but www.japaneseclass.jp is really good for vocabulary and kanji, free of course, and it's interactive.

You get your own account and get points for doing lessons and practicing kanji's and vocab, and then get a rank over all of the other members, worth a look!

What were the chances that somebody else that studies Japanese coming by hah.

And yeah you should! it's a great way of reviewing the kanji like I say, but also you might help some students out there! I find that it's hard to find kanji grouped into their subject matter so that's what I've gone for here! Hopefully it'll become a series :)

Good luck and thank you :)

philanthropy,


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emmaspeaks 4 years ago from Kansas City

I haven't tried that one yet. Will definitely check it out. I am a big gaming nerd and I love my Nintendo DS and DSi so I have several kanji games that are also great. My favorite is Tadashi Kanji Kakitori Kun. I don't know if you are into games or not, but that sure has helped me. thanks for the link, though!


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Philanthropy2012 4 years ago from London Author

Ahh yeah, do you have Japanese Coach on DS? That was really helpful I found, what other things have you got? Please do share!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

It's so funny, I come over from reading your comments on my hub about my daughter, and see that you have a hub about Kanji. My daughter has studied Japanese, and even studied in Japan. I didn't learn any though.


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Philanthropy2012 4 years ago from London Author

@Millionaire Tips

Oh wow! How funny, she must have turned out very well - to study in Japan would enrich anyone's life so much - Especially from a western culture. It's funny how people have links in with Japan! It's a very interesting language and the country more so!

But I'm not saying you should go and start learning Japanese, we need your high quality hubs here on HubPages.com!

Ahh, selfless self promoting.

Have a nice day,

Philanthropy,


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sriparna 4 years ago from New Delhi

Wonderful effort to compile Kanji and other aspects of Japanese language in hubs. I have spent two years in Japan, learnt the language enthusiastically. I had taken the Level 3 JLPT and got 98%, completely by self-study and through interacting with Japanese people and friends. After coming to Delhi, slowly I went out of touch, other priorities took over. But sincerely, I still love Japanese language and culture, your hubs are inspiring me to start studying again, maybe I can think of appearing in level 2 JLPT in some time after I prepare myself well. I'll check out the websites as well, thanks a lot!


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Philanthropy2012 4 years ago from London Author

Ahh it's always so fantastic to meet people with an interest in japanese language and culture! It immediately says so much about a person. Thank you for your compliments and for showing me that my hubs are of some use :)

(I'm also preparing for the level 2 JLPT test!)


mikeydcarroll67 19 months ago

Thanks for outlining such a good hub covering the various kanji characters that are currently in use!

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