Tips for Reading Kanji: Part 2

If you missed part one of this article, you can find it here. It explained how to find the radical a kanji and the information that it can give you. Part two will look at the rest of the kanji and what it can tell you.

Once you have found the radical as explained in part one, have another look at the kanji. Is there any part of the kanji that occurs frequently in other kanji? This part may give you some information as well. While the radical can tell you about the meaning of the kanji, the other parts can give you hints about how the kanji is pronounced. This only applies for the on-yomi (Chinese reading) of the kanji, and there are a lot of exceptions, but this can still be a useful tool to use when learning kanji. Read more