「生き残った男の子」 : Kanji set 1

プリベット通り四番地の住人ダーズリー夫妻は、「おかげさまで、どもはどこから見てもまともな人間です」というのが自慢だった。不思議とか神秘とかそんな非常識はまるっきり認めない人種で、まか不思議な出来事が彼らの周辺で起こるなんて、とうてい考えられなかった

プリベット とおり よんばんち の じゅうにん ダーズリー ふさい は、 「おかげさまで、 わたし ども は どこから みて も まとも な にんげん です」 と いう の が じまん だった。 ふしぎ とか しんぴ とか そんな ひじょうしき は まるっきり みとめない じんしゅ で、 まかふしぎ な できごと が かれら の しゅうへん で おこる なんて、 とうてい かんがえられなかった。

 

Here we take up the simple and commonly used kanji from our text above. I will try to include JLPT level information as much as I can.

Before we go to our kanji list, you need to know the kanji readings: on-yomi (literally sound-reading), and kun-yomi (literally, meaning reading). From About Japanese page:

On-reading (On-yomi) is the Chinese reading of a kanji character. The Kun-reading (Kun-yomi) is the native Japanese reading associated with the meaning of a kanji.

If you enable your rikai-plugin, hover on this character 四, and press the Shift key. This will give you the kanji information (press Shift again to return to the dictionary display). However, it does not categorize the readings by on- or kun-readings. Rikai also does not give JLPT level information, only its kanji grade.

 

Stroke Order

If you are interested in the stroke order of the kanji, you can download the stroke order diagram animation at Kanji-cafe.com. The site provides different file-naming formats for the SODAs. Unfortunately they provide the UTF-8 encoding while rikai-chan provides UTF-16.

I found an online tool to convert codes here. Input the value found in rikai to the UTF-16 code units box and click convert. The resulting UTF-8 code is the filename of the kanji SODA you are looking for🙂

So going back to our kanji 四, the UTF-16 code is 56DB and its corresponding UTF-8 code is E5 9B 9B, so the filename should be e59b9b.gif.

 

Now that you know what on- and kun-readings are, and you are equipped with stroke order diagrams, try to find look-up the following kanji and practice writing them if you like🙂 I will just provide the meaning, their grade and JLPT level of the kanji characters below, in that order.

 

Kanji:

四 – four; 4; 1

番 – turn, number in a series; 2; 2

私 – private, I, me; 3, 6

見(て) – see, hopes, chances, idea, opinion, look at, visible; 4; 1

人 – person; 4; 1

間 – interval, space; 4; 2

出 – exit, leave; 4; 1

来 – come, due, next, cause, become; 4; 2

事 – matter, thing, fact, business, reason, possibly; 3; 3

起(こる)  – rouse, wake up, get up; 3; 3

考(えられなかった) – consider, think over; 3; 2

 

You may notice that the very common kanji 番 is introduced only in JLPT 2 (probably N3 now?).

 

The Kanji levels above may be incorrect as per new JLPT levels introduced last 2010. The JLPT Kanji project doesn’t seem to have updated their levels yet.

 

I myself am not a big fan of mnemonics but if it’s your thing, you can have a look at Henshall Kanji Mnemonics.

26 four fingers in clenched fist
196 rice sown in fields by number, in turns

I just don’t get it ^_^;

 

Source:

ハリー・ポッターと賢者の石
JLPT Kanji Project
Ishida Unicode code converter

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4 Responses to 「生き残った男の子」 : Kanji set 1

  1. Craig says:

    Hi Shiroi,
    Thanks for this. Do you think, for your next lesson, you could break this sentence down into its simplest components, such as subjuect-object-verb (without modifiers) in the main clause and then show how the extra clauses (and eventually modifiers) can be added to produce the final result?
    Cheers,
    Craig.

  2. shiRoi says:

    Hi Craig, sure no problem, i’ll add that in the next post🙂 thanks for your feedback!

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