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Now Out: Essay 1261 on 絞 (to Strangle) and 5 New-Monics

The 226th essay has posted! Essay 1261 on 絞 (to strangle; wring) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

The 絞 kanji affords access to practical devices, such as juice squeezers and garlic presses. This kanji also introduces us to Japanese tie-dyeing. But 絞 really comes to life with its figurative uses, enabling us to put the screws on someone, squeeze money out of people, zero in on something, weed out applicants, and rack our brains. See what it means to strangle slowly with a silk cord.

Using the accompanying Phrase Maze game on the Character Home Page, you can practice the vocabulary in the essay after reading it.

Also, Ulrike has produced a batch of new-monics (which are free!):

集 (309: to gather)
助 (314: to help)
申 (322: to report)
神 (324: god)
紳 (1439: gentleman)


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