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I haven't started kanji yet but I saw this somewhere. Can anyone tell me what it means and how to… - Feed Post by wahaj

I haven't started kanji yet but I saw this somewhere. Can anyone tell me what it means and how to properly write it so Google translate understands this.
posted by wahaj

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  • Annick
    Sorry, it's too vague for me...Maybe you could use radical search, look for the left or upper character first.
  • mog86uk
    Is it possible to show us the actual thing you saw where it is written? It would help if you can at least describe what you saw this on -- computer font, handwriting, tattoo, artwork, Japanese seal stamp(!)? Was it in Japanese text, or maybe is it Chinese?

    Were you looking at the kanji while you drew it, or did you draw the kanji from memory of what you thought it looked like?

    What you have drawn doesn't look like it comes close to matching anything.

    Strokes #4,5,6,7&8 look like this kanji: 圭. If this is correct, it should be drawn with six strokes instead of five. That might help with the handwriting recognition tool.

    Strokes #2&3 and #9&10; look quite strange.

    Below is a load of things that kinda look vaguely like what you drew (or part of it).

    - Radicals:
    冫 土 士 幺 廴 彳 氵 生 礻 竹 羊 聿 走 隹

    - Kanji:
    建 廷 筵 莚 従 徒 街 律 往 徃 徙 從 葎 笙 祥 筆 筰 進 准 淮 潅 雍 冿 注 洋 津 涯 窪 淀 淫 潅 洼 洤 渼 渾 漄 漥 圭 佳 奎 予
  • Annick
    I wonder if #2&3 and #9&10; are parts of the kanji
  • mog86uk
    By the way, thanks for showing me that kanji handwriting page you used. I hadn't noticed that page before; it looks like a useful tool for showing people kanji that you are unable to type. :)

    Also, sorry for my long post. I think I enjoyed this difficult challenge a bit too much! ^^;
  • mog86uk
    I was wondering that too. For all we currently know, they could have just been background image squiggles. #9&10; could even potentially be an opening bracket/quote symbol if it's in vertical text! 「」
  • wahaj
    it was handwritten. The link shows the entire sentence. Read it just like English, left to right and top to bottom. I saw this written on a desk at my university and got interested in what it meant since I am trying to learn Japanese(I have way too much homework so I am going pretty slow)
  • wahaj
    Also I probably won't be getting to kanji this year. I'm hoping to get that far over the summer but you never know. So I don't know much about stroke order. I could try to get another look at this in 2 days and see if I messed up somewhere
  • mog86uk
    Ah, that is much easier. The answer to your original question = the right half of this kanji: 曜 (without it's radical 日)

    曜 is listed in dictionaries as 'weekday'.

    The components of this kanji are:
    ~ 日 = sun, day, [counter for days]
    ~ 羽 = feathers, [counter for birds]
    ~ 隹 = bird

    You can vaguely see from the components what the kanji means- the sun flying across the sky like a bird, and you have to keep track of this happening to work out what day of the week it is.

    In your new link where you posted the full sentence, the sentence is this: 今日は火曜日です
    ~ 今日【きょう】 = today
    ~ は ('wa' topic particle)
    ~ 火曜日【かようび】 = Tuesday
    ~ です

    今日は火曜日です 'kyou wa kayoubi desu' = Today is Tuesday.
  • Annick
    Definitely looks like this althought it's written 目 instead of 日
  • wahaj
    wow this is written so differently in writing and in print. Thanks for translating this
  • mog86uk
    No problem ^^

    And yeah, kana and kanji can look pretty different between handwriting and computer fonts. In English this difference isn't so obvious, but I doubt many people write small letter 'a' the way that nearly all computer fonts do -- you probably instead write it more like the centre part of the @ symbol (how the @ symbol looks on your keyboard)?

    @Annick - yeah, I didn't even notice that! ^^;