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Once more basic characters have been learned, their use as primitive elements for other kanji can save a great deal of effort and enable one to review known characters at the same time as one is learning new ones. Taking advantage of this fact. Be patient with the kana, and never write Roman letters underneath them. T tiV': Nor is anything said about the various ways to pronounce the characters.
To make a representative listing, it has been necessary to include a number of rare exemplary compounds and compounds that mix on and fcun readings. These deviations have been indicated in each case. Despite these difficulties, the frames presented in this brief initial chapter are worth studying carefully before moving on to the simpler material in the next chapter.
As stated in the Introduction, on-yomi are listed in katakana and kun-yomi in hiragana a convention commonly observed in Japanese dictionaries. WA "b t.: V peace The reading of the parent-kanji is rare, aside from Bud- 15 dhist terms like the one given here. H 1'X: J HfK rolE.
DO -1;'7 j;! J admission to a group 2S The. J 26 f. C , ruling political party 27 The katakana comes from the bottom half of the kanji. II ;t K iCF: E F' VC: Modem Japanese 33 prefers to use katakana for the names of Western countries. J apaneseteapot 3S The katakana comes from the stylization of the right side. I only as a primitive p. The character featured here did not appear in Vol.
I, but its prim- 40 itive elements should be easy to recognize. This character, extremely rare in modem Japanese, was nor intro- 41 duced in Vol.
The readings of both characters in the exemplary compound ate 45 rare, except for names. The reading of the parent-kanji is rare, except for 47 proper names. EEl 1: Note that the 48 reading combines kun and on readings. Of the 48 kanji given above, a number were indicated as having rare readings or readings chiefly used in proper names.
Those that happen to be general-use kanji wi!! We begin with 3 characters whose readings lengthen the vowel of the kana syllable, making it a diphthong. The list of characters treated above does not cover all the kana, nor does it begin to include all the possible alternative kanji that have served the function now restricted to the kana. Unless you plan to start penning waka and haiku poems in the classical style, the 56 characters of this chapter should more than suffice as a background to the relationship between the kanji and the kana.
Like the last 3 frames, the kanji in the following 5 frames share in common the fact that their readings add a final syllable ,z,. To learn how these signal primi tives function, let us begin with a concrete example. There are other "pure groups. In these cases, the signal.
An example follows immediately. Among all the kanji treated in Vol. I, there are three characters that fit this pattern.
All you need do to learn them is to recognize them as possessing the signal primitive. Some are as large as 8. Since the larger groups are, obviously, easier to learn, we begin with those containing 4 or more kanji. De careful to note the special conditions that occasionally accompany the signal primitives.
J 91 -! J 1ti't 1J. J J j;l;! J 93 I'J fig iJ. J ! W'hell it is tucked away in a comer of the character as a minor element. IIA C: When you are reviewing see Introduction. Once you are confident of your progress so far. H fJ;. C-Iv a giant tg or.. Q -'t, l:! JP illl]: Y N! Jm icv. Despite the fact that the groups are small, learning them by means of their signal primitives will come in useful later, once you have left the confines of the general-use kanji.
That is to say, many of the signal primitives we are learning here are not restricted to the characters we treat. New Year's Day -: Ej -jiy 61 JL. J' ;J? O- -c: L f! A v1. EJflJ L..! Be sure to pay attention to their more ordinary readings.
L 7 VfIv sine of an angle Jr.! Knowing them will remove another obstacle from the long road that lies ahead. This collection of "one-time" readings sifts out all the on-yomi that are not homonyms, at least not in the confines of the kanji on which this book is based. We have already learned 5 of these readings in Chapter 1: There are 42 more such onetime Chinese readings: J to frequent; haunt; infest E3 t:: J I""!! Jv go to work; show up at work Ji! As the title indicates, their common point is that they are assigned no Chinese reading in this book 1n the case of those that belong to the general-use kanji, this means that no reading has been assigned them in the official list, though many of them do have traditional readings.
In the case of those that fall outside the general-use list, it means that none of their readings is useful enough to bear [earning at this stage. Look over this list carefully before you go on to the next chapter, making sure that you recognize all the characters. In some cases, you will no doubt recognize signal primitives used in Chapter 2. Here, of course, the primitives do not functionat all. The cross-reference numbers given in bold print under the number of the kanji refer only to the frame in Vol.
I in which each character first appeared. Finally, you will notice that 5 of the kanji have numbers followed by an. JP B Chapter 5 Semi-Pure Groups The kanji treated in this chapter differ from those of Chapter 2 only in one significant detail: Here again, secondary or tertiary readings for the kanji do not necessarily follow the rule. The point is only that one of the assigned readings of the character is not affected at aLI by the "semi-pure" group to which it belongs by virtue of its signal primitive.
By way of example, let us take a group of 5 kanji, the first 4 of which show a common reading based on the lead character which serves as a signal primitive for the others: This character characterizes the group as "semi-pure": IB il'D L. J'l L In other cases a new reading has to be learned. To facilitate recognition of the odd character, the frame shall be slightly indented, These groups may be as large as 8 kanji and as small as 3.
As we did in Chapter 2, we begin with the larger groups first. Iifi c5nl. Shogunate government fffl.: Strictly speaking the group belongs to Chapter 7. E -Itlv-itv. Ei iJ' Adc. Be careful to note that earlier Frames this same signal primitive was itself part of another signal primitive. When the phonetic group to which thiscnaracter belongs appears again ill Chapter 7 Frames O]f yolt will see how easy it is to learn.
U09 1l? J 5fIJ l.. I victory ffi.: IJ b,z,.! I J! Iw] rMJ Iv I'"! Fw tlAAY? L- Mr.
Iv to enlist; volunteer for X 7 7tA. Since he exemplary com- pound is a common word, it has been included here. English language S3c.: L-1 ! Iv million yen 'I'll: J '7 7tD' t.?
J 1 prisoner of war It 7 ftfM J-J. OfCOUTse 3l: J quelling of a disturbance 7E.
J Q 1t15 i:. J Jfrejl. Taking advantage of this fact. The two kanji with which it is written mean respectively "to doctor" and "someone.
By learning what the name in fact means, you will have learned three more Chinese readings: In still other cases, both readings of a known compound will be new. In this case, we will combine both kanji into a single frame, like this: TI "",: After all, the words are common everyday words. Without making any particular effort to keep these various sorts of "everyday words" separate from one another, let us see how far they take LlS into the second half of this book.
As before, readings and compounds that have appeared earlier will be drawn on as much as possible to lighten the burden, Occasionally, if only rarely, a common everyday word will lead us to a character that falls outside the compass of these pages.
In such cases 'it is enough to learn the on-yomt being practiced without stopping to learn a new kanji and its reading.
It is made up of the character for "figured cloth" and that for "lovely. A, c ViA. J housing development T j 50 lj 7' 1 it! J cooking; food EI Y 36 5!: April -G Y"j- 7 -t: N 10, J secret ,16' If-'Y -frl- "!
P soy sauce The firs! L-t c? I"1 M;: I famous iI?: J 7" ,, A? T tiV': In the exemplary compounds given to the next two frames, note how pronunciation of the first syllable of the second kanji is changed from 7 -1 to 7 -1 because of the clumsiness of having twa "a" sounds back to back. R iJJl'i-t?
Mrnistry of Education Itis used typically for Zen. L,1v one's parents El:: Iv the slightest jot We conclude this chapter with the few characters in VoL I which were learned directly with their Sino-Japanese readings because there was no good English equivalent, All you need to do is see how they work in compounds. From here on, the work will be more complicated than it was in Chapters 2 and 5 because of the increasingnumber of exceptions.
In spite of that, I am sure you will find that it does provide considerable help with what would otherwise be a hodgepodge of disconnected readings. What classifies a group as "mixed" is Chat it is composed of at least 4 kanji sharing a common signal primitive which assigns-the same reading to at least 2 members of the group, and yerwhich do not belong to the "pure" or "semi-pure" groups.
The definition wi!! The chapter divides mixed groups into three sub-groupings. We begin with tile easiest: At times, you will notice, a character will be assigned both read ings, A.
Mixed Groups of2 Readings Only. W-m c: The two readings of the signal primitive overlap in some kanji and not in others. Some of the readings you have learned already refer to the cross-reference number in italics but they are all repeated here" for the sake of completeness. J achieving "Buddhahood" 'm ct!
Mixed Groups with 2 Exceptions Only It may have crossed your mind to ask why we should bother to ciassLfy these characters into groups at all-or it certainly wil!
The answer is twofold. On the one hand, if we did not, you would find yourself adrift in a massive sea of disconnected readings far earlier than you need to be. On the other, since we have learned more than characters up to this paint by means of the signal primitives, toignore them in cases where there are exceptions would be to cut short OUr understanding of how these signal primitives work in the Japanese writing system.
Without some experience in the mixed groups treated in these chapters, you will not appreciate the complex. Unlike the mixed groups in Section A, those that follow share two characteristics: Let us begin with an example: The compound in the final reading combines an on-yomi and a kun-yorni. U28 liW: Y !
In fact, most of the radicals are themselves primitives, but the number of primitives is not restricted to the traditional list of radicals. The primitives, then, are the fundamental strokes and combinations of strokes from which all the characters are built up.
Calligraphically speaking,. A few of these will be given primitive meanings; that is, they will serve as fundamental images. Simple combinations will yield new primitive meanings in turn, and so on as complex characters are built up. The number of primitives, as we are understanding the term, is a moot question. Traditional etymology counts some of them. We shall draw upon these freely, and also ground our primitive meanings in traditional etymological meanings, without making any particular note of the fact as we proceed.
We shall also be departing from etymology to avoid the confusion caused by the great number of similar meanings for differently shaped primitives. Wherever possible, then, the generic meaning of the primitives will be preserved, although there are cases in which we shall have to specify that meaning in a different way, or ignore it altogether, so as to root imaginative memory in familiar visual memories.
Should the student later turn to etymological studies, the procedure we have followed will become more transparent, and should not cause any obstacles to the learning of etymologies. The list of elements that we have singled out as primitives proper Index ii is restricted to the following four classes: Any kanji that keeps both its form and its meaning and appears as part of another kanji functions as a primitive, whether or not it occurs with enough frequency to draw attention to it as such.
Each kanji is assigned a key word that represents its basic meaning, or one of its basic meanings. The key words have been selected on the basis of how a given kanji is used in compounds and on the meaning it has on its own.
There is no repetition of key words, although many are nearly synonymous. To be sure, many of the characters carry a side range of connotations. They have been incorporated into later editions of this book. By simplifying the meanings through the use of key words, however, one becomes familiar with a kanji and at least one of its principal meanings.
Once we have the primitive meanings and the key word relevant to a particular kanji cataloged in Index iv , the task is to create a composite ideogram.
Here is where fantasy and memory come into play. That image in turn, inasmuch as it is composed of primitive meanings, will dictate precisely how the kanji is to be penned—stroke for stroke, jot for jot.
Others will need to be reviewed by focusing on the association of key-word and primitive elements. In this way, mere drill of visual memory is all but entirely eliminated. Since the goal is not simply to remember a certain number of kanji, but also to learn how to remember them and others not included in this book , the course has been divided into three parts. Part one provides the full associative story for each character.
In Part two, only the skeletal plots of the stories are presented, and the individual must work out his or her own details by drawing on personal memory and fantasy. Part three, which comprises the major portion of the course, provides only the key word and the primitive meanings, leaving the remainder of the process to the student.
It will soon become apparent that the most critical factor is the order of learning the kanji. The actual method is simplicity itself.
Once more basic characters have been learned, their use as primitive elements for other kanji can save a great deal of effort and enable one to review known characters at the same time as one is learning new ones.
Should the individual decide to pursue some other course, however, the indexes should provide all. This is fully consistent with what was said earlier about placing the stress on imaginative memory.
For one thing, pictographs are an unreliable way to remember all but very few kanji; and even in these cases, the pictograph should be discovered by the student by toying with the forms, pen in hand, rather than given in one of its historical graphic forms. For another, the presentation of an image actually inhibits imagination and restricts it to the biases of the artist. The more original work the individual does with an image, the easier will it be to remember a kanji.
If one were to study them full-time, there is no reason why the entire course could not be completed successfully in four to six weeks. By the time Part one has been traversed, the student should have discovered a rate of progress suitable to the time available. Second, the repeated advice given to study the characters with pad and pencil should be taken seriously.
If pen and paper are inconvenient, one can always make do with the palm of the hand, as the Japanese do. Third, the kanji are best reviewed by beginning with the key word, progressing to the respective story, and then writing the character itself. Once one has been able to perform these steps, reversing the order follows as a matter of course.
More will be said about this later in the book. In the fourth place, it is important to note that the best order for learning the kanji is by no means the best order for remembering them. They need to be recalled when and where they are met, not in the sequence in which they are. The idea arises from, or at least is supported by, a certain bias about learning that comes from overexposure to schooling: The kanji, together with the wider structure of Japanese—and indeed of any language for that matter—resolutely refuse to be mastered in this fashion.
The rational order brought to the kanji in this book is only intended as an aid to get you close enough to the characters to befriend them, let them surprise you, inspire you, enlighten you, resist you, and seduce you. But they cannot be mastered without a full understanding of their long and complex history and an insight into the secret of their unpredictable vitality—all of which is far too much for a single mind to bring to the tip of a single pen.
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