Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Kanji Beginner: Man and Woman

Today's kanji are short and sweet, but useful whether you're kimono shopping or just need to know the right bathroom to go into. ;)

Man, or "otoko" (oh-toh-koh) on its own, can be remembered as the power/strength 力 out in the fields 田, giving us the kanji 男.

Woman, or "onna" (ohn-nah, be sure to drag out the "n" sound a bit) derives from, if I recall correctly, a pictograph of a seated woman: 女.

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