Can someone explain how the kanji or whatever characters work? Is there really a different super complex sign for every word or is there a pattern or system?
@Delic, I think they’re combinations of smaller symbols that combine in meaning, kinda like compound words
@theprofprofessor, yup. They mostly have smaller parts called radicals. For instance in the word 男 (man) contains 田 (rice paddy) and 力 (power). Then again I could be wrong on some of this
@TEmMiE cOlEg fuND, so, man is rice-powered? lol I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
@Delic, kanji is based off of radicals. Small fragments, words, combined for a larger meaning. Once you learn radicals, you can read and comprehend most kanji, without needing to know how that word is pronouced.
On the other hand, there are 2 more alphabets used in Japanese, Hiragana and Katakana.
For those, each symbol makes a specific sound just like our alphabet.
For instance 犬 , いぬ , & イヌ all say the same thing. Only the first is Kanji. (Dog/Inu) . With this word, it can be used both as a Kanji word itself, or as a radical in a larger word. When used as a radical it means "animal". It is hard to see in this, it's the smashed radical to the left side, but the animal radical used for dog appears in both 猫 & 猿 .(ねこ & さる) (neko & saru / cat & monkey)
@TEmMiE cOlEg fuND, yeah you got it right
@Summerwolves, That may be the case for Kanji but for Chinese they genuinely are all just random little pictures that you remember each and every meaning of.
@Available Username, chinese and japanese use the same kanji actually. Just japan also developed secondary alphabets as well to make it a bit easier.
@Available Username, 犬 is the symbol for dog in both japanese and chinese. The only difference is pronunciation. Its pronouced inu in japanese, and chinese is quan (sounds funny to americans). Japan and china share the exact same kanji. Japan literally imported the entire chinese language, but overtime changed some sounds. Japanese readers are normally taught both the chinese and japanese way to say the Kanji.
I googled this. There is a grain of truth that this character means “an enterprise” which could be “business”, but the most common meaning is “standing”, which makes more sense. Probably named long before the tuxedo was invented.