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approximation; outline; general
Kanji 1072

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Synopsis

People caution against generalizing, but to hell with that! The kanji 概 invites us to speak in generalities. Learn to say "in general," "on the whole," and "as a rule." Find out how to make approximations and rough estimates. And get the big picture with terms for all types of overviews, including summaries of film plots, introductory courses, and concluding remarks at lectures.

Revision history:

Nov. 22, 2013: On p. 2, I corrected the okurigana of a word in vocab. listed under the last sample sentence. I also made two small factual corrections to the paragraph right after that.

Aug. 9, 2013: Originally published.

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