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691/2000

JLPT: N2

School Grade: 4th (9 years old)

This character is a combination of 己 a variant of 巳 serpent, and 攵 strike/force. Together they give “drive off serpents,” or “clear an area,” which came to men “reform” by extension. It may be helpful, however, to remember 己 as “self” and use the mnemonic “force oneself to reform.”

Also! I wrote this character with the brush pen according to how it was written in my book, with the end of 己 angling up towards the next stroke. You will, however, often see it written the way I have it in the examples. As far as I am aware, both are acceptable forms.

» time 14 hours ago   » notes 55
kanji  japanese  japan  change  reform  691  n2  4th grade    

690/2000

JLPT: N2

School Grade: 4th (9 years old)

This character is a combination of ⺅ the person radical, and 氐 bottom of a hill. 氐 itself is a combination of 氏 scoop/hill and 一 a base line. All together it gives “people at the bottom of a hill,” or “lowly” commoners. Over time 低 came to mean “low position,” and then “low” in a general sense.

» time 1 day ago   » notes 64
kanji  japanese  japan  low  short    690  n2  4th grade  

689/2000

JLPT: N2

School Grade: 5th (10 years old)

This character is a combination of 片 a radical here meaning “thin piece of wood,” and 反 oppose. Here 反 is a phonetic element expressing “cut thinly,” giving us “thin wooden board.” Over time this character has come to specifically express an ”engraved plate” used in printing, as well as “printing/print” by extension.

» time 2 days ago   » notes 49
kanji  japanese  japan  printing block  print  board    689  n2  5th grade  

688/2000

JLPT: N1

School Grade: 5th (10 years old)

This character is a combination of 其 winnowing device (which sits on a base), and 土 earth/ground. Together they give the meaning of “earthen base/foundation,” which has since come to mean “base” in a more general sense.

» time 3 days ago   » notes 64
kanji  japanese  japan  based on  basis  base  be based on  688  n1  5th grade    

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53/2000

JLPT: N4

School Grade: 1st (6 years old)

I just kind of always remembered this character as the one that basically looked like katakana ka (カ).

» time 4 days ago   » notes 83
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687/2000

JLPT: N2

School Grade: 3rd (8 years old)

This character is a combination of 山 mountain, 厂 cliff, and 干 dry. Here 山 means “high ground,” and 干 is a phonetic element expressing “high,” while also lending the idea of “thrusting.” All together they give “tall thrusting cliffs,” and “shore/bank” by extension.

» time 5 days ago   » notes 47
kanji  japanese  japan  bank  shore    687  n2  3rd grade  

686/2000

JLPT: N1

School Grade: 5th (10 years old)

This character is a combination of 行 go, and 韋 a Chinese-only character with an intial meaning of something similar to “guard all directions” (though it is now used to mean leather/hide). Together they give “patrol/guard.”

» time 6 days ago   » notes 97
kanji  japanese  japan  defend  guard  protect    n1  5th grade  686  

685/2000

JLPT: N2

School Grade: 4th (9 years old)

This character is a combination of 刑 a character meaning “punish,” and 土 earth. Here 刑 is a phonetic element expressing “make,” while also lending the idea of “frame.” Together with 土 it gives “make an earthen frame,” or a “clay mold.” Over time it came to mean “pattern,” “type,” etc.
» time 1 week ago   » notes 53
kanji  japanese  japan  type  model  mold  685    n2  4th grade  

684/2000

JLPT: N2

School Grade: 5th (10 years old)

This character is a combination of 氵 the water radical, and 昆 a character meaning “multitude.” Here 昆 is a phonetic element expressing “spin/swirl,” while also lending the idea of “confusion.” This character was originally a reference to “water rushing and swirling,” or “confused waters,” which has since come to mean “confused” in a general sense. “Mix” is an associated meaning.

» time 1 week ago   » notes 51
kanji  japanese  japan  mix  confusion    684  n2  5th grade  

683/2000

JLPT: N1

School Grade: 4th (9 years old)

This character is a combination of 竹 bamboo and 即 a character meaning “namely.” Here 即 is a phonetic element expressing “division,” while also lending the idea of “order.” Together with 竹 it gives “ordered division of bamboo,” which is a reference to “(the ordered arrangement of) its nodes and sections.” This led to a number of extended meanings, including a section of time, and keeping oneself in order.

» time 1 week ago   » notes 45
kanji  japanese  japan  season  section  joint  melody  be moderate  period  point  tune  restrain    683  n1  4th grade  

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