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Adya Miriyana
Adya Miriyana

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Posted:Heya guys!

For any of you who've studied japanese [or chinese for that matter], i'm sure you've encountered the madness that is kanji.. for those who haven't, kanji are pictorial characters representing words.



the best way i've found to learn these characters is to come up with a creative description of what it looks like, and relate this to the meaning. which means that we can actually make it into a game and help some fellow hoppers learn some difficult characters!



** you don't have to have any knowledge of the language to play - often those who haven't seen the characters before are actually able to be more creative with their interpretations! **



so, the idea is i'll post some characters and see who comes up with the most creative/easy to remember meaning for the kanji pictures! biggrin


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Adya Miriyana
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Posted:okie so first kanji in the game!


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these two kanji are pronounced 'yasai' and together they mean 'vegetables'


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Arnwyn
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Posted:OI! do I get royalties for that ^^^ Miss??? ubblol
biggrin Sneaky Kitten


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Adya Miriyana
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Posted:yep you do.. miss arnwyn named the kanji game so hence receives royalties.. in form of hugs biggrin

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Arnwyn
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Posted:ooooh... Kitten hug s them's the best. ubbrollsmile

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ezz
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Posted:hmmmmm thats tough lol..well the top part looks like a guy lookin out his window and the bottom one looks like a crazy scarey scarecrow..so maybe he is looking out his window at the scarecrow in the vegiepatch...... ubblol ok...maybe you need something better than that

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VampyricAcid
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Posted:ooooh i like this game, its educational!!

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Adya Miriyana
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Posted:lol ezz.. can kiiiiiiiinda see it...

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Posted:the top one is a crododiles head on a pedastall watching tv...

and the bottom one has eyes and he looks quite happy..


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Adya Miriyana
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Posted:hmm not sure about the bottom bit.. i can't see either ubblol

ok well heres a slightly easier one:


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this is pronounced 'utsu' [the top part is the kanji, the bottom is the rest of the word 'tsu'], meaning 'to strike' - the japanese equivalent of typing on a keyboard.


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Ry
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Posted:Not sure if this'll help, but maybe if it was written in very un-decorative style, it might help? like imagine writing it with either horizontal or vertical lines?



Perhaps remember by number of strokes too?



e.g.



yasai = roughly 10, 11



But mm.. crossed legged guy next to his wife, and a plant (roots, mid bit, bloom..)?



ubbrollsmile


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Arnwyn
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Posted:The first one is a little tricky miss kitten... but the bottom part kinda looks like a head of broccoli, maybe if you squint a bit... wink



The second one looks like someones shocked face, like another person is about to 'strike' them... biggrin



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Kyrian
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Posted:Yasai is 21 strokes, Utsu is only 6 smile.

For utsu I'd say it looks like a person sitting at a desk, and then the second symbol is just the character tsu so thats where my brain goes next... not *as* useful, I admit!

Not that either of these were Kanji I knew, so... yay for this game smile

I still don't know yasai tho. Thats gonna take some memorizing....


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VampyricAcid
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Posted: Written by: Adya Miriyana


hmm not sure about the bottom bit.. i can't see either ubblol

ok well heres a slightly easier one:


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this is pronounced 'utsu' [the top part is the kanji, the bottom is the rest of the word 'tsu'], meaning 'to strike' - the japanese equivalent of typing on a keyboard.



its a face that has just be STRUCK in the stomach


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Ry
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Posted:Utsu.. small t, big T. Smaller t's got a 'strike' through it. To strike. T for tap. like tappity tap a keyboard.

The su bit.. doesn't want to be struck... which is why it's cowering. ubbrollsmile


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FoxInDocs
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Posted: Written by: Ry


Not sure if this'll help, but maybe if it was written in very un-decorative style...



Ry... that is un-decorative.

Aren't you supposed to be Asian? tongue


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:ooh! love the game lou!!!!

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Ry
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Posted:Sar.. you're Caucasian.. give us little bit of Finnish and Welsh while you're here won't you?

Actually, have a think about it, and when you've thought about it, don't get back to me. ubblol tongue

Decorative as in how serifs apply to text etc..


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:they're not in decorative style. they're just basicaly written kanji.

and i've finished my assignment! WOOOO!!! bounce


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Adya Miriyana
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Posted: Written by: Ry


Utsu.. small t, big T. Smaller t's got a 'strike' through it. To strike. T for tap. like tappity tap a keyboard.

The su bit.. doesn't want to be struck... which is why it's cowering. ubbrollsmile



ooh nice one.. tappity tap. i like the progression biggrin


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Adya Miriyana
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Posted:congrats on the assignment miss rouge!! hug2

ok well the next one i couldn't find the kanji alone.. so here is..

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which is the big one at the top.. (with the stroke order beneath), pronounced 'sugiru', meaning 'time passes' eg. 2 O'clock has already passed.. smile


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:we are totally doing different kanji! lol! i havent seen these before!

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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The Misguided Oracle
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Posted:
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Someone tell me what this means smile


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Ry
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Posted: Written by: Rouge Dragon


they're not in decorative style. they're just basicaly written kanji.

and i've finished my assignment! WOOOO!!! bounce



gah. My mandarin's disgustingly lousy, but I'll tell you for a fact that's more decorative than it needs to look, or looks when you write it out with a ballpoint pen. tongue


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Ry
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Posted: Written by: Adya Miriyana


ok well the next one i couldn't find the kanji alone.. so here is..

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which is the big one at the top.. (with the stroke order beneath), pronounced 'sugiru', meaning 'time passes' eg. 2 O'clock has already passed.. smile



Time is passing (on a boat). The left and bottom thing is the boat.. the thing on the boat is a clock on a table. Timecheck 3.30. Threethirtyitis.. ubblol like the ad.

Also, if you forget how to draw the boat, the left bit looks like a 3.

Joel: Insane!! eek


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:Oracle,that has too many strokes for me to even look it up in my kanji dictionary!!

Ry, my mandarin is sh!t'ouse wink
but i find that's interesting because i generally find typed characters to be LESS fancy! because they are minus the little "brush strokes" that we were always told to imitate in highschool (when we werent allowed to write in ballpoint pen and had to write in pencil!)


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Adya Miriyana
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Posted:holy crap joel that's insane... nup must be chinese.. doesn't exist in mine either [does this count as studying? ubblol]

ry.. clock..table..boat.. 3.30.. approved biggrin you're good at this!

ok keeping in with the boat theme...next one is...


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pronounced 'fune' - meaning 'ship'


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Hatsuyuki
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Posted:Hey, that's a cool game! Kinda reminds me of the Heisig book ^_~



Gotta love those Kanji #-/





To "fune":

I think the left part looks a lot like a rigging and the right part like a man climbing it (upside down?????) okay. so that's probably not helpful... :/

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VampyricAcid
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Posted:"Time passes like ships in the night"

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Ry
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Posted:fune..

left part is a sail and a mast. The (almost) horizontal line is the boom. The two dashes on the 'sail' are the wind pushing the sail.

I imagine the top stroke as either the outline of another sail, or sunshine. Former's better I think.

Thing on the right is a a face going ahhh. Happy to have a breeze. biggrin


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FoxInDocs
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Posted:yeah, but if you have it any less decorative than that, you can't see which direction the strokes go in properly tongue and i can still read the letters of finish or welsh if it has serifs on it even if i don't know what it means *blows raspberry*



and yes lou, i think you'd be right in saying that insane one's chinese... i've seen it before, i can't for the life of me tell you what it is though.

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