Thursday, July 8, 2010

Kanji Beginner: White

Tonight's kanji is a very easy one, and our first step into colors.

This is a grain of rice sticking out of a barrel (and rice is white), or at least that's the way I first memorized it. ;) In combinations it's said different ways (shiro, haku, etc.), but as an adjective (the white paper, the white dress, etc.) it's said as "shiroi" (shee-roy), with the "i" added on 白い.

Be careful not to confuse it with 日 (hi="day") or 百 (hyaku="100").

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