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For making conjugations, the last (or last 2) Hiragana of a Japanese adjective is always written outside the Kanji.

So when I say 高 can be read as たかい, you should not assume that the Kanji 高 alone is read as "takai". Instead, the last い should be written outside, i.e. 高い. And this Kanji-Kana hybrid is read as "takai".

This applies ONLY to 訓読み (Japanese style reading).

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How to remember?

With five rulers, you can get a correct measurement.


The radical of this Kanji is 止.

Do not confuse this Kanji with:

-which means "stop"

-which means "five"

More about this Kanji

This Kanji is used as tally marks in China, Japan and Korea.

Tally marks used in China, Japan and Korea

Tally marks used in Europe and North America

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