Kanji Hacks 漢字の覚え方

How to memorize kanji so they stick

穴(あな、ケツ)

Meaning: hole, opening

Components: 宀 (no meaning), 八 (eight) or katakana ハ

My hack: What sound would come out of your mouth if you fell in a hole? “Uwha?!” (ウハ?!)

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May 3, 2009 Posted by | 5 strokes, Grade 6, JLPT 1, Radicals | , , , , | 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

干(ほ·す、ひ·る、カン)

Meaning: to dry (something)

Components: 二 (two), 丨(walking stick)

My hack: If you want to dry something, just stretch it over 2 sticks (and let it air dry).

March 31, 2009 Posted by | 3 strokes, Grade 6, JLPT 2, Radicals | , , , , | Leave a comment