As far as I know (I don't speak Japanese, unluckly) they learn a number of ideograms each year, and suppose they are taught about radicals, since is one of the ways of looking up words in the dictionaries, but i don't know if they learn their meaning or just the traces/lines (?). But since Japanese has also to syllabaries (don't know if this is the proper word) they can write words even if they don't know the character (not like in Chinese). Besides Japanese characters although comming from Chinese are not exactly the same, i think, and also the meaning is often different, though maybe related
I'm sure toscairn will inform you much better.
Hi. Japanese people learn certain quantity of kanjis each year. About the radicals, they must learn the meaning of each one because each radical is a kanji itself. So, radical+different traces, a new kanji.
水----> this is the kanji for "water" (read as mizu)
海----> this is the kanji for "sea" (read as umi)
Mizu is just a kanji but is the radical of Umi. Those three strokes at left of this kanji 海 are the kanji for Mizu, bellieve it or not.
So, radical meanings must be learnt because they will help you to know the meaning or at least the idea of another kanji.
i dont intend to sound ignorant but im trying to search online for forums for japanese translations. I am a tattoo artist from canada and i have a girl who likes Japanese characters. She wants to get the word "bitch" tattooed on her side, and she wanted me to find out if there is either a word or characters that would represent that in japanese. any help would be appreciated.
There is no direct translation for "bitch" in Japanese, so it's going to be difficult. If she wants to specify the definition she wants her tatoo to represent, e.g., "sexy woman", "nasty woman", "mean woman", etc., I can suggest words/characters that would mean that. Or I can show you how "bitch" is written phonetically in Japanese.
thanks, if you could give me that i would appreciate it. Also i think she means it more along the lines of "a pest" or " an annoyance" something like that. Anyways if you could give me both i would appreciate it. That way i could offer her the option of one or the other.
thanks, works now. Im gonna use the annoying one so thanks alot for that. Now i have one more. A friend of mine is 1/2 Japanese and he was raised english speaking with no real connection to the japanese side of his heritage. He is older now and has on his own begun to learn about his family since most of them have passed on. I had mentioned to him that i was using this site to get help with some translations for a tattoo and he asked me to help him out. He would like to get his family name tattoo'ed but would prefer it be in japanese. If possible please let me know. also he wants it done on his arm so i would need to know how the charectars would be arranged going from top to bottom (i.e. JIM = top-J next-I next-M). please let me know asap as this is something he would like soon. please just email me directly at ((TOPSkonartist(INSERT AT SYMBOL)gmail(INSERT DOT)com )). His full name is Steven Nakashima. I am not sure if there is a japanese name for steven but if there is then i can offer him to have his full name done. THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR HELP....I CANNOT STRESS HOW HELPFUL YOU HAVE BEEN TO ME
i want to learn to speak japanese.. pls give me some basic to start learning the language. if im not mistaken japanese has three elements kanji,hiragana, and katakana. am i correct? i have my nihongo subject when i was in college.. i only have 3sems for that subject.
Yes, you're correct; there are those three sets of characters in written Japanese. I'm not exactly sure what you're asking, but if you're asking for a recommendation of some tool to learn Japanese with, I'm not sure of any specific one. I can say, though, that I'm finding a CDROM helpful as I recently began studying French on my own, so you may want to try one for Japanese. You can always use this site to get any questions answered, as I do for French