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Some of my Japanese mnemonics


Justin Bieber at the 2010 White House Easter E...

Yuumei have heard of this little sodateru…

I don’t hold with using mnemonics usually in language learning, but with Japanese there is so much going on at once in a word – the various readings, the shape of the kanji, etc, that sometimes odd wordgames and things like that can help. It’s a waste of time to try and do it for every word, but here are some of mine which I already shared (to greater or lesser levels of appreciation) on http://www.readthekanji.com.

Here’s just ten to be going on with. I probably have done about a hundred, but to see them you need to join http://www.readthekanji.com!

1. To Deliver

届ける

todokeru

とどける

That square head by the basket is like *Todo the dog with the square head in the Wizard of Oz in Dorothy’s cycle basket. That’s the moment when he jumps out, so he can’t be *delivered to the interfering neighbour.

2. Sand

suna

すな

If you get *sand inside your ear, the *suna you get it out, the better.

(Another, less polite one, is based on the reading of  “suna” backwards, given the fact that if you slide along a beach backwards you’ll probably get some sand in there. But I didn’t put that one up, at least not yet.)


3. Circumstances

都合

tsugou

つごう

If the *circumstances in the company worsen, the boss le-*ts-u-gou..


4.  Or less than, not more than

以下

ika

いか

*Ika-rus was NOT able to get HIGHER THAN other people for long. Is the symbol on the left a bit like his broken wings falling with him the spot in the middle tumbling to the ground?

5. Season

季節

kisetsu

きせつ

The prisoner warders are issued with new *keysets every *season

6. Airport

空港

kuukou

くうこう

“That’s a nice *kuukou clock, where did you buy it?”
“At Geneva *Airport.”


7. Deep

深い

fukai

ふかい

*Fukai didn’t realise it was going to be that *deep!

8. Famous

有名

yuumei

ゆうめい

“Dad, Justin Bieber’s so *famous even *yuu may have heard of him!”

 

9. Preparation / setup / arrangements

準備

junbi

じゅんび

He had made all the *arrangements and *preparations, but, being of a nervous disposition, he was still very *”junbi” (jumpy) before the event…


10. To bring up

育てる

sodateru

そだてる

Looking at the kanji, you might see the frowning face of a very strict upbringer. He’s a right “sod at err”-ors made by his students.

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