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Attention:

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-Near 近

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How to remember?

The radical is like a ship. And 斤 is like a cliff that is nearby.

Radical

The radical of this Kanji is (しんにょう).

Do not confuse 近い with:

誓い-which is also read as "chikai", meaning "oath"