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Thanks for the site, ccwf, however, I wasn't familiar with the word you mentioned "kokuji". I haven't run into it before. What does it mean?
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class blockquote Hiroshi66 wrote:
Thanks for the site, ccwf, however, I wasn't familiar with the word you mentioned
"kokuji". I haven't run into it before. What does it mean?
Wikipedia: Kokuji
Kokuji (国字; literally "national characters") are characters peculiar to Japan. Kokuji are also known as wasei kanji (和製漢字; lit. "Chinese characters made in Japan"). There are hundreds of kokuji (see the sci.lang.japan FAQ: kokuji list). Many are rarely used, but a number have become important additions to the written Japanese language. These include:

    * 峠 tōge (mountain pass)
    * 榊 sakaki (sakaki tree, genus Camellia)
    * 畑 hatake (field of crops)
    * 辻 tsuji (crossroads, street)
    * 働 dō, hatara(ku) (work)


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Thanks so much, bubu13! Yeah, I've usually heard of these refered to as 和製漢字 (wasei kanji) but I've never heard them refered to as kokuji before. But yeah, those are indeed characters that are only native to Japanese. My Japanese teacher refers to them as "Made in Japan kanji". LOL
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class blockquote bubu13 wrote: class blockquote Hiroshi66 wrote:
Thanks for the site, ccwf, however, I wasn't familiar with the word you mentioned
"kokuji". I haven't run into it before. What does it mean?
Wikipedia: Kokuji
Kokuji (国字; literally "national characters") are characters peculiar to Japan.
Right. xml:lang zh-TW 國字 (Simplified: xml:lang ja-JP 国字) is actually a generic term that refers not only to Japanese-specific characters but also Korean inventions, Vietnamese, Hong Kong's special elevator character, and so forth. But, of course, xml:lang ja-JP 国字 is only pronounced /kokuji/ in Japanese.

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Welcome to 'Learn Japanese Free', a complete resource for learning Japanese online for free.
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Welcome to CJKDramas, Nicolelord2!

There's many Japanese language textbooks out there, but I think most colleges and universities in the Southern California area use a textbook entitled Genki. There's two volumes—Volume 1 is usually used in first-year Japanese courses, while Volume 2 is studied in more intermediate courses. Though it's not the best book out there, most schools are using this as their main Japanese text. I found out a little while ago that Genki is actually going to be revised, and that the new edition (for Volume 1) will be released next month!

Genki Revised Edition

So, if anyone is planning on purchasing the Genki textbook, I would recommend waiting a month or two until the new edition is released. Hopefully they'll make some positive changes to the book!
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