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Kusa

Post by NZJutsu » Sat 09.08.2007 4:18 am

Hey guys,

I've been learning kanji from this book I got from my girlfriend... it's called kumon no kanji jiten (?) Uhh yeah, and it's a elementary school textbook from Japan, and it has a list of kanji for each grade, just like in the kanji section where you can view by grade.

However, I found, while studying, that there is a grade 1 kanji, which unfortunately I can't write using this computer, which is not on the list of 1st grade kanji on this site. It's called kusa, and apparently it means grass.

The reason for this post is just to ask if it is actually there and therefore making me blind ;), and secondly, are there any other meanings? I've come across many kanji with several meanings, I just want to make sure this isn't one of them before I start studying it.

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RE: Kusa

Post by saraLynne » Sat 09.08.2007 6:24 am

Sounds like you're looking at a list of radicals.

Is this it?
艸 (variant as in top of 花) くさ(かんむり), そうこうgrass
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Post by keatonatron » Sat 09.08.2007 7:09 am

Kusa is 草. If you're talking about what Sara mentioned (just the top of 草), then yeah, you're talking about just the radical which can't be entered into a computer (because it's not a word and is pretty much useless by itself)
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RE: Kusa

Post by JaySee » Sat 09.08.2007 8:06 am

Actually the radical is occasionally used as a kanji in personal and (most likely) place names. I have a book which as been translated to Japanese by a guy whose first name is 艸介 (そうすけ). So I guess that would make the kanji a little less useles, but still quite useless.

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RE: Kusa

Post by NZJutsu » Sat 09.08.2007 7:52 pm

草 was the one I was talking about. The reason I posted this though, is because in my Elementary Textbook, it says it's grade 1, yet on here, it doesn't seem to be in the grade 1 kanji list. Is it not there or am I just blind? O_o

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Post by richvh » Sat 09.08.2007 8:04 pm

See, the Grade 1 list isn't on this site. This site has the JLPT 4 list instead, which is a different list (though some kanji are on both lists.)
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RE: Kusa

Post by hungryhotei » Sat 09.08.2007 8:09 pm

I couldn't find a list of Education Grade 1 kanji on this site, the closest thing I found was the JLPT level 4 kanji which isn't the same set. I may of course have just been looking in the wrong place.

草 is grade 1, but you've probably learnt it now so it doesn't really matter either way.
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RE: Kusa

Post by NZJutsu » Sat 09.08.2007 9:49 pm

If you go to JLPT grade 4 and click on a grade 1 kanji.. Then it says "click for a list of all Grade 1 kanji." I guess it doesn't matter, but I just thought I'd bring it up for the benefit of anyone else who had the same problem. Not that it seems anyone does :P

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