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Now Out: Feb. 2015 Newsletter

The February 2015 newsletter is now out, including great photos of playful signs. Enter the new contest to win 2 essays! Also find out the results of the last contest. The newsletter enables you to catch up on all that you've missed this month: new and revised essays, new Radical Notes, new JOK Notebook...

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JOK Notebook

Nailed It!

Sometimes the most basic things trip us up the most, particular with language learning. So it was this week when I encountered this word:

一丁

In the kanji universe, the graphics don't get simpler than that!

When I wrote Radical Note 1 on 一, the "one"...

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On Deck

Essay 2080 on 栃 (Japanese horse chestnut tree) Is Coming Next

Here's what you can expect in coming weeks on Joy o' Kanji:

February 28: February newsletter

March 6: Essay 2080 on 栃 (...

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Now Out: Essay 1091 on 且 (as well as), New Radical Note, 1 Essay Revision, and 8 New-Monics

The 157th essay has posted! Essay 1091 on 且 (as well as, also, and, both ... and; while; moreover, besides, furthermore) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Do you know how to say in...

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JOK Notebook

Cleaning House and Breaking Roots

Let's start with a quiz. Consider these terms:

片付ける (かたづける: to put in order, tidy up)

根っ子 (ねっこ: root; stump; stub)

Given these definitions, would you expect 片 (fragment, one of two, one side, settlement) or 根 (root) to have more positive meanings overall? I'll give you a moment to think about it, blocking the answer with a...

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