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I need a little information

Postby Sumi » Sun 02.12.2006 5:51 pm

I've started studying Kanji. I've noticed that some kanji have the same on or kun readings. So here is my question, when do you use a kanji to make a word when so many other kanji's have that same reading. Or are they just there to use when you forget one? I'm a little confused.

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RE: I need a little information

Postby Zeo » Sun 02.12.2006 5:58 pm

*Oopsie, wrong forum* ;)
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Discuss anything not related to Japanese here.


As I consider this very related to japan I've moved this thread. ;)

*Thread moved to Grammar Questions and Problems forum.* :) ;)
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RE: I need a little information

Postby mandolin » Sun 02.12.2006 6:05 pm

That's a new version of an old queston. :P

Anyway... no, you can't just replace one kanji with another if they have the same reading. The kanji are picture words, with specific meanings and nuances unto themselves.

Sort of the same way that you can't say "The wind blue" or "The sky is blew" just because they sound the same.

Best way to learn kanji is as words... it will make more sense then.
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RE: I need a little information

Postby Sumi » Sun 02.12.2006 6:19 pm

Thanks so much Mandolin. That would help me a lot
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