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Autumn Colours - discovering Japanese Kanji and Chinese

Autumn Colours – discovering Japanese Kanji and Chinese

Everyone had great fun with a timely autumnal and colour theme for October with 紅葉 Kōyō – Autumn Colours. We wrote and pronounced these characters, and discovered their history, as well as more colours 🍂 investigating the meanings of the radical and kanji parts. The… Read More »Autumn Colours – discovering Japanese Kanji and Chinese

Learning Kanji Japanese and Chinese through the Senses

Learning Kanji Japanese and Chinese through the Senses

We had a sensory theme in September, 感じる Kanjiru (to experience, to sense), and we wrote and pronounced the characters for each of the Five Senses, as well as certain katakana and hiragana 👁️👂👃👅✋ We looked at related kanji and commonly used vocabulary, there are… Read More »Learning Kanji Japanese and Chinese through the Senses

Nature and arts in Chinese and Japanese writing

Nature and arts in Chinese and Japanese writing

At Kanji Club class we explored a nature and art theme in June, with the phrase 花鳥風月  Kachōfūgetsu (literally flower-bird-wind-moon) about natural beauty and inspiring Japanese aesthetics 💮🐦🌬🌙 Together we looked at nature and arts related kanji and commonly used vocabulary and the fascinating kanji… Read More »Nature and arts in Chinese and Japanese writing

Discovering Kanji by Train Travel!

Discovering Kanji by Train Travel!

At our Kanji Club in May we were whisked away across Japan by super fast Shinkansen trains and up through the valleys in mountain traversing carriages. It is amazing what we could discover about Kanji and also Japanese culture from exploring characters and words related… Read More »Discovering Kanji by Train Travel!

Exploring Sekai 世界 World!

Exploring Sekai 世界 World!

At our March zoom language and cultural Kanji Club group we had a green theme of growth and world this month, with the expansive word sekai 世界 meaning world, society or generation 🌎 Blair guided participants on how to write the kanji characters with a… Read More »Exploring Sekai 世界 World!

Expression - learning Kanji from kawaii to kanashii

Expression – learning Kanji from kawaii to kanashii

The theme for our February Kanji Club group on zoom was the more emotional and expressive kanji such as ai 愛 – affection – and kanashii 悲しい – sadness 🤗❤️ As well as learning to read and write some kanji and hiragana and katakana, we… Read More »Expression – learning Kanji from kawaii to kanashii

Tenki - Snowy Weather at Kanji Club

天気 Tenki – Snowy Weather at Kanji Club

At the start of the year our theme for our language and cultural Kanji Club was  天気 Tenki – Weather, literally Heaven’s Energy.  Having been wintry in Glasgow and for many of the zoom participants elsewhere, it was perfect timing for our kanji exploration of… Read More »天気 Tenki – Snowy Weather at Kanji Club

Learning the Four Seasons at Kanji Club

Learning the Four Seasons at Kanji Club

The theme for November at our language and cultural Kanji Club was the Four Seasons – 春夏秋冬  Shunkashūtō, literally meaning Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter 🌸🌻🍂🍢 These four kanji appear often in seasonal words and many topics such as travel. We learned to read, pronounce and write… Read More »Learning the Four Seasons at Kanji Club

Writing and pronouncing the Five Elements

Writing and pronouncing the Five Elements

At our language and cultural group Kanji Club in October our theme for the month was 曜日 ようび Yо̄bi – Days of the Week such as 🌞Sunday (nichi)🌙 Monday (getsu), and the other days which are also the inspiring Five Elements – fire, water, wood,… Read More »Writing and pronouncing the Five Elements

Learning the time in Kanji and Hiragana

Learning the time in Kanji and Hiragana

The theme for September at our Kanji Club group was 時間 Jikan – Time ⌛ From telling the time ⌚ to counting time spent, current affairs etc, these are very handy characters to get to know.  We read and wrote these in Chinese characters and… Read More »Learning the time in Kanji and Hiragana