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Archive for May, 2012

What are Japanese KUN pronunciations?

In Japanese there is generally more than one pronunciation of a kanji. The ON pronunciation (onyomi) is taken from the Chinese pronunciation and the KUN pronunciation (kunyomi) which is derived from the indigenous Japanese pronunciation of the same word/meaning. When the kunyomi pronunciation is used the kanji usually stands alone and is not part of [...]

What are Japanese ON pronunciations?

In Japanese there are generally more than one pronunciation of a kanji. The ON pronunciation (onyomi) is taken from the Chinese pronunciation and the KUN pronunciation (kunyomi) which is derived from the indigenous Japanese pronunciation of the same word/meaning. Most kanji compounds (words made up of two or more kanji) are built up from the [...]

Spring in Paris: Square d’Ajaccio

FlashCards for iPhone version 3.2.2

Version 3.2.2 of Audio FlashCards for iPhone is now available. Includes a user interface update and minor bug fixes.

What is the difference between Simplified & Traditional Chinese?

Variant forms of a given Chinese character have developed over time. For example Japanese has many simplified forms, such as 国 (country) which derives from the Chinese 國. The number of Chinese characters kept growing too. In the 1950′s, Mainland China decided to reform the Chinese writing system. They simplified the shapes of many of [...]