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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 [...]

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 [...]

Hebrew Word of the Day Widget

Our new Hebrew Word of the Day widget now available and looks like this: This and all of our other Audio Word of the Day widget are available here.  All our of widgets can be embedded in any webpage – just click the “Get this Widget” button for details.

Learn a language – frequent exposure to its sounds

A researcher in New Zealand say that the best way to learn a language is through frequent exposure to its sound patterns — even if you haven’t a clue what it all means. “Our ability to learn new words is directly related to how often we have been exposed to the particular combinations of the sounds [...]

Japanese Writing – Kanji Radicals

Today we ask:  What are kanji radicals? All kanji contain a classifying radical that is a component of the kanji. Often the radical imparts meaning to the kanji – for example the radical for hand 扌 appears in both of the kanji that combine to form the word “grasp” (把持)** and the individual kanji for [...]

Free Word of the Day Widgets

We have reduced our free Word of the Day widget code to just one line. Website owners can now just cut and paste this one line of HTML code into their website code and get a free Word of the Day with audio every day of the year. A great way to have visitors return [...]

Japanese Writing – What is kanji?

The word “Kanji” means Chinese letter or character. The kanji script was invented by the Chinese. It was introduced to Japan by Buddhist monks and adopted by the Japanese around the middle of the 6th century AD. Kanji are ideographs meaning that the whole character conveys a meaning rather than just a sound (the hiragana [...]

Literary or Classical Arabic

We are often asked what form of Arabic our software teaches. ReadWrite Arabic and Arabic Falshcards use ”Literary” or “Classical” Arabic” (اللغة العربية الفصحى‎ : al-luġatu l-ʿarabiyyatu l-fuṣḥā: meaning “the most eloquent Arabic language”) which is the language of the present-day mass media across North Africa and the Middle East. It is also the language of the Qur’an. [...]

What are Hiragana and Katakana?

What is Hiragana?  Hiragana, which means “rounded” or “easy”, is a phonetic script much like the English alphabet where each character has a unique sound and the characters can be written one after the next to spell out a word. Learning hiragana is the first step in learning how to read and write Japanese – [...]