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Now Out: Essay 1965 on 媛 (princess), 3 Radical Notes, and 5 New-Monics

The 473rd essay has posted. Essay 1965 on 媛 (princess; highly regarded woman) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

This essay teaches you to discuss highly regarded women and to say, for instance, “He married the most educated and talented woman in town.” It also whisks you away to Ehime Prefecture, home to famous writers (e.g., Soseki, Shiki, and Oe) and attractions such as Dogo Onsen. One of the oldest hot springs in Japan, this site inspired Soseki’s “Botchan” and Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away.”

In addition, these Radical Notes have posted:

  • Radical Note 150 on 谷, the “valley” radical: Learn what to call this radical, and find out what the cutely symmetrical 谷 (122: valley) represents etymologically.
  • Radical Note 155 on 赤, the “red” radical: Discover the surprising figurative sense of a term for "bright red." Also find out what's really going on inside 赤 (46: red) and 赦 (1336: to pardon) etymologically.
  • Radical Note 158 on 身, the “body" radical: As 身 primarily means "body," one would expect ancient forms to depict a man's physique, but that's far from the case! See what inspired the old shape. 

Finally, Ulrike has created these new-monics, which are free:

置 (545: to place)
典 (552: reference book)
徒 (554: follower)
敗 (562: to be defeated)
費 (567: expense) 


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