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Postby shinzou » Wed 07.19.2006 10:11 am

Hey folks.
I was in town yesterday, and at my favourite coffee shop, I noticed a chinese newspaper written in kanji. I noticed that the kanji used were the same as Japanese kanji, which got me thinking.
Is kanji derived from the chinese language, and is pronunciation/definitions of the kanji the same?

(And yes, I do realize this may seem to be a newbie question to some, but hey, I am a newbie)

-Jon
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RE: Newspapers

Postby Schattenjedi » Wed 07.19.2006 10:32 am

The short answer is Kanji were indeed imported from Chinese. The pronunciations are very distantly related. The definitions are often the same. The long answer.
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RE: Newspapers

Postby Harisenbon » Thu 07.20.2006 1:58 am

The definitions are often the same.


Often being the operative word.
手紙 -- Japanese -- Letter
手紙 -- Chinese -- Toilet Paper
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RE: Newspapers

Postby hungryhotei » Thu 07.20.2006 2:33 am

天気がいいから、散歩しましょう。
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RE: Newspapers

Postby ss » Thu 07.20.2006 2:45 am

手紙 -- Japanese -- Letter
手紙 -- Chinese -- Toilet Paper


Yeah

娘 --- Japanese --- Daughter, Unmarried Young Lady
娘 --- Chinese ---- Mother

So just call Coco-san : Coco 姑娘 ( in Chinese ) ;) :D
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RE: Newspapers

Postby keatonatron » Thu 07.20.2006 2:53 am

Harisenbon wrote:
The definitions are often the same.


Often being the operative word.
手紙 -- Japanese -- Letter
手紙 -- Chinese -- Toilet Paper


However, in both languages 手 = hand and 紙 = paper.

The meanings of the individual kanji are almost always the same, but since how you stick them together is often up to the speaker, the combinations can vary.
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