I'm not using japanesepod101.com but videos they produce are fun and professional. I will use few of them as my study subject. Let's start!
So here is the first kanji I'm going to learn:
What I see here is a universal "don't touch it" pictogram followed by a hiragana word that means "burn": (yakedo) – burn. It's quite easy to remember - it's reminds me a barbecue word "yakitori"
OK. Back to the topic. The first kanji I see here is
I found it. It happens to be in the first 500 kanji set here and it means "pour". Kids learn this kanji in 3rd grade.
- pour; irrigate; shed (tears); flow into; concentrate on; notes; comment; annotate
- チュウ (chu) - "on" reading
- そそ.ぐ (soso gu) - "kun" reading
It see two readings for all japanese kanji. The first called "on" reading and it's a chinese reading. What "kun" reading is for? Hmm... I guess it is a japanese reading?
It also visually appears to me that this 注 "pour" kanji has two parts - left vertical set of 3 short strokes and a bigger symbol on the right. Short research ...and yes I'm right.
The left three strokes is a "radical" of kanji"sui", or "shui" in chinese reading that stands for "water" in chinese. "Water" in japanese is "mizu"
A kanji radical is a common sub-element found in different kanji characters. Radicals express the general nature of the kanji characters.
is a "radical" of
- スイ sui
- みず mizu
The second part is
- master; lord; chief; owner; main thing; principal matter
- シュ、ス shu, su
- ぬし、おも nushi, omo
Digging little bit deeper earned me a similar kanji:
- king; rule; magnate
- オウ o(u)
And,氵(water) and 主 (master) together make "master of water" ...
Nop! Write answer is:
Master 主 Pours Water 氵. They make 注 (pour) together.
Now the second kanji barely seen on the picture above:
- idea; intention; mind; heart; taste; thought; desire; care; attention; liking
- イ i
This symbol looks a way too complex to me to be a radical. Short research... and ...bingo!
The lower part of this kanji is:
- heart; mind; spirit
- シン shin
- こころ kokoro
The upper part of this kanji is:
- sound; noise
- オン、イン on, in
- おと、ね oto, ne
A thought is a sound from the heart. Even cooler.
Now, to finish this, let's combine everything together
Two kanji together pronounced as (chui).
(yakido) + (chui) = "burn pour attention" or "be careful not to burn yourself"
So, what was the kanji we learned today?
氵, 水 - water - sui - みず - mizu
主 - master - shu - ぬし - nushi
王 - king - o(u) - オウ - * - ou
注 - pour - chu - そそ。ぐ - soso gu
心 - heart/feelings - shin - ここる - kokoru
音 - sound - on/in - おと, ね - oto/ne
意 - attention/idea - i - イ- i
Seven kanji and one radical! Not bad for a start!
Plus we learned:
やけど - burn - yakedo