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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Sun 07.22.2007 9:20 am

I'm still wondering what that kanji for "large amount" is.
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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby Advent_Sun » Mon 07.23.2007 2:07 pm

Yudan Taiteki wrote:
I'm still wondering what that kanji for "large amount" is.
I'll check. I do you all get those japanese fonts?
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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby SirFirestorm » Mon 07.23.2007 3:54 pm

I think I'll call him... mini-John.

typos you said?
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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby Infidel » Mon 07.23.2007 5:10 pm

little john
なるほど。
さっぱりわからん。
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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby two_heads_talking » Mon 07.23.2007 5:12 pm

Yudan Taiteki wrote:
Don't confuse words with kanji. 竹刀 is two kanji (the former is "bamboo", not "tree"), and 森 (forest) is one.


I believe what he/she was saying is the one kanji for forest has 3 little tree kanjis in it.. not that it was 3 seperate trees.. sometimes I wonder if you guys really read before you pounce.. sheesh.. We need a leash over here now.. :o
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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Mon 07.23.2007 5:44 pm

It was the other way around; he seemed to be grouping 竹刀 in with 森 as "a complex kanji". Confusion between kanji and words is a common beginner problem so there's no harm in emphasizing it.
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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby chikara » Mon 07.23.2007 8:08 pm

xhilononi234 wrote:
.... "baught" is just a typo, in the US "bought" is still spelt B-O-U-G-H-T :P lol

No kidding ;)

Advent_Sun wrote:
.... I do you all get those japanese fonts?

Yep, definitely Little John :o
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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby xeto » Mon 07.23.2007 9:06 pm

OK. I have "memorized" about 100 kanji :(. How many would I have to know in order to start reading and learning kanji in context? Also, where is a good site to do so?
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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Mon 07.23.2007 9:16 pm

How many would I have to know in order to start reading and learning kanji in context?


Depends on what you mean. If you get a textbook like Basic Kanji Book or Reading Japanese, it doesn't matter how many kanji you know. But, you do need grammatical knowledge to be able to read sentences.

Learning kanji in isolation is never useful. It's not like you have to learn a certain minimum number of kanji in isolation before you can move on to other methods.

Also, where is a good site to do so?


Is there one? I recommend at textbook, not Internet sites.
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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby xeto » Mon 07.23.2007 9:26 pm

Ok, this helps a little.
どうもありがとう、たいてきさん。
(@ Advent_sun):
About what was mentioned earlier in the thread about learning vocabulary before kanji, that's what I've recently been trying to do. I've been studying a JLPT 4 vocab list, and it's very helpful with learning the kanji.
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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby Shinigami » Fri 08.03.2007 7:54 pm

joooda wrote:
i hate punctuation i never used it an never will only mabe the "...." or "?"
the rest is quite useless


punctuation does actually change the meanings of sentences.
e.g
as the sun turned red, people moved into the shade
OR
as the sun turned, red people moved into the shade
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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby AJBryant » Sat 08.04.2007 1:39 am

Another critical example:

"I'm dividing my money evenly between you and Bob and Susan" (= three shares)
and
"I'm dividing my money evenly between you, and Bob and Susan" (= two shares)
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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby richvh » Sat 08.04.2007 7:03 am

AJBryant wrote:
Another critical example:

"I'm dividing my money evenly between you and Bob and Susan" (= three shares)
and
"I'm dividing my money evenly between you, and Bob and Susan" (= two shares)


In your second sentence, the first "and" seems odd to me. Is this a regionalism, or have you just be studying Japanese (も…も) too long?
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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby AJBryant » Sat 08.04.2007 8:36 am

Nope. It was an example given to me by a lawyer friend once a long time ago when we were talking about the importance of precision in legal texts. That inclusion of a comma led to a lawsuit over a perceived "inequal bequeathal" of a deceased parent's estate. The ultimate ruling, as I understand it, was that because of the comma in the document, and the usage of the 'and Bob and Susan' as an implied grouping, the intent was two portions -- had there been no comma, it would have meant three portions.

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RE: Kanji is too...

Postby katafei » Sat 08.04.2007 1:15 pm

Yes, it took me a second reading before I understood what you meant.
The two 'and's are a bit awkward, but if you leave the first one out, you'd be left with 3 portions again, wouldn't you?
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