Where Things Nest
Let's start with a quiz. What do you think the following term could mean?
病巣 (びょうそう) illness + nest
c. birth defect
I'll block the answer with a preview of the...
July 2015 Newsletter Now Out
The July 2015 newsletter is now out, including gorgeous art from a new Kanji Kaimono vendor. Pupils (the ocular kind) play a role in one striking image and in the new contest. Enter to win 2 essays! Also find out the results of the last contest.
Essay 2101 on 肘 (Elbow) Is Coming Next
Here's what you can expect in several weeks:
August 21: essay 2101 on 肘 (elbow)
August 28: essay 2124 on 湧 (to well up, spring forth, gush out; be...
Now Out: Essay 2079 on 瞳 (Pupil (of Eye)), a Radical Note, and 4 Revisions
The 177th essay has posted! Essay 2079 on 瞳 (pupil (of eye); eye; iris (of eye)) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:
Find out why Japanese friends tease each other about their pupils. Learn how to...
What I Need to Know
Let's start with a quiz, but not the usual fanciful kind in which you needn't know anything beforehand. This is the opposite; it's about what I very much need to know. I'm talking about two constructions with multiple yomi:
• the suffix -中, which one can read as -ちゅう or -じゅう
• the verb 開く (to open), which one can read as あく or ひらく