Kanji Hacks 漢字の覚え方

How to memorize kanji so they stick

村(むら、ソン)

Meaning: village

Components: 木 (tree, wood), 寸 (measurement/inch or glue)

My hack: I think of a village surrounded by a wooden fence, with the slats just an inch or so apart.

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April 12, 2009 Posted by | 7 strokes, Grade 1, JLPT 2 | , , , , | Leave a comment

寸(すん)

Meaning: measurement (roughly 1 inch). Heisig calls this “glued to.”

My hack: I like to think of this as “inch.” Just think of a t-square (rotate this image in your head!), and the little dot is about an inch long.

If you want to go with the Heisig meaning (“glue” or “glued to”), then try this:

The first 2 strokes are the hot glue gun, and the little dot is the dab of glue.

April 12, 2009 Posted by | 3 strokes, Grade 6, JLPT 1, Radicals | , , , , | Leave a comment