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solitary
Kanji 1229

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Synopsis

The 孤 kanji runs the gamut from lonely isolation to enjoyable solitude. This character pops up in terms for orphans, solitary islands, villages cut off by floods, someone fighting alone for a lost cause, and countries that are isolated economically and politically. Learn to say, "She led a solitary life," "To tell the truth, I felt lonely," and "We shouldn’t confuse solitude with isolation."

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Kanji PDF
Cover of essay 1229 on 孤, titled "Lonely in a Crowd"
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STROKES9
RADICAL孑 (39: child)
JLPTN1
HALPERN263/317
HENSHALL1229/1302
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