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Learn one Kanji a day with infographic: 元 (gen)

Learn one Kanji a day with infographic: 元 (gen)

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MEANING:

beginning, former time, origin

HOW TO READ:

On: gen, gan
Kun: moto

HOW TO REMEMBER:

In the beginning of the universe, two (二) humans with long legs (儿) were created: Adam and Eve.

WORDS:

元 (moto): origin, source, base
元気 (genki): lively, energetic
元々 (motomoto): originally, by nature
元素 (genso): chemical element
元来 (ganrai): originally, primarily
地元 (jimoto): hometown
元首 (genshu): ruler, sovereign
身元 (mimoto): person’s identity
元凶 (genkyou): ringleader
根元 (nemoto): root, source, origin
足元 (ashimoto): at one’s feet, underfoot
元本 (ganpon): principle, capital
還元 (kangen): reduction, resolution
手元 (temoto): at hand, nearby
元旦 (gantan): New Year’s Day
元祖 (ganso): originator, founder
次元 (jigen): dimension
元通り (motodoori): as before, as ever


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EXAMPLE SENTENCES:

私は面目ない気持ちで、足元を見つめた。
watashi wa menbokunai kimochi de, ashimoto o mitsumeta.
I looked guiltily at the ground.

彼女は相変らず元気がよく、上機嫌だった。
kanojo wa aikawarazu genki ga yoku, joukigen datta.
She was as energetic and debonair as ever.

いったい誰がこの椅子を元の位置に直しましたのでしょう。
ittai dare ga kono isu o moto no ichi ni naoshimashita no deshou.
Who pushed this chair back into place again?

彼は元来、将来の計をたてるような性質ではない。
kare wa ganrai, shourai no kei o tateru you na seishitsu dewa nai.
His was not a nature to envisage the future.

死んでいます。頭蓋骨の根元を刺されたのです。
shinde imasu. zugaikotsu no nemoto o sasareta no desu.
He’s dead. Stabbed at the base of the skull.

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