Some interesting basic kanjis

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One of the coolest things about an idea-sign language, which motley Japanese at times is, is that it encourages making new words by combining simpler ones. It does this as a necessity (there are only so many signs you can remember), by making of words stable roots (idea-signs tend to be more stable than letter bundles — for one thing they don’t reflect pronunciation changes), and by not allowing for sound loan words (“Bon weekend!”), where meaning is lost in grafting a word from one meaning net into another.

Here a couple of interesting, basic examples:

�山 = fire mountain = volcano 下女 = down woman = maid 電話 = electricity talk = telephone 出� = out mouth = exit 入� = in mouth = entrance

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