hey kanji learner
Did you know that most kanji have a part called the radical that hints at its meaning? And did you know that these are the seven most common radicals, and if you know them you’ll be able to find something familiar in about one out of every four kanji you see? Like, you can open up a book to any random page and there’ll be a bunch of kanji with these radicals just hanging out?
- 口 on the left (or bottom) of a kanji=mouths, eating, talking, etc.
- 言 on the left (or sometimes bottom)=words, talking, writing, etc.
- 氵 on the left or 水 on the bottom=water, liquids, flowing, etc.
- 亻on the left or very occasionally 人 on the top=people
- 木 on the left or bottom=trees, wood, things made out of wood.
- 扌 on the left or 手 on the bottom=hands, actions done with hands
- 忄 on the left or 心 on the bottom=heart, mind, emotions
You can use this information to be pretty awesome at learning kanji that look similar except for the radical, because you can tell them apart. If you’re in a Japanese class, it’s also handy for making educated guesses on multiple-choice tests. Observe:
"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”
|—||Libby Anne (via coachk13)|
I’ve never really been to a convention before so I figured like, if you’re going to do a convention, you do San Diego Comic Con, and then you see all these fans and it blows your mind how much the show has impacted people. - Sophie Turner