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

For example, when I say the pronunciation of 行 is いく, it does not mean that the Kanji 行 alone should be pronounced as "iku". Instead, the last Hiragana く should be written outside the Kanji, so we should write this verb as 行く and pronounce this Kanji-Kana hybrid as "iku".

Although the Kanji 行 in this case is in fact pronounced as "i", we should NEVER just remember it without also remembering the Kana that is written outside.

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

Kanji-Verb-Know 知

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How to remember?

Imagine that the radical 矢 is a man with a headphone and the 口 part is a TV. You know about the world by watching TV.


The radical of this Kanji is 矢.

Do not confuse this Kanji with:

-which means "peace", "sum of numbers". And the Japanese call their race 大和.

The Kanji 智

In Chinese, 知 is used only for "know" and "knowledge". For the meaning of "intelligence" and "wisdom", the Kanji 智 is used instead. Originally, Japanese also used these two Kanji in the same way as Chinese. But nowadays only 知 is used for both meanings. 智, however, is still used in human names.