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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).

Kanji-Adjective-Different 異

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How to remember?

Imagine that this Kanji is an aborigine from a different culture. 田 is a mask. The two horizontal strokes of 共 are two spears.


The radical of this Kanji is 田.

Do not confuse this Kanji with:

-which means "yellow"

-which means "nose"

More about this Kanji

異なる is in fact a verb. To use it as an adjective, we have to change it to 異なった.