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

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

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MEANING:

source, origin

HOW TO READ:

On: gen
Kun: minamoto

JLPT LEVEL: N1

COMPOUNDS:

源 (minamoto): source, origin, root
財源 (zaigen): source of funds, resources, finances
資源 (shigen): resources
起源 (kigen): origin, beginning
光源 (kougen): light source
源泉 (gensen): source (of a spring, etc.)
根源 (kongen): root, source, origin
電源 (dengen): source of electricity
水源 (suigen): source of river, fountainhead
熱源 (netsugen): heat source
震源 (shingen): hypocentre (of an earthquake)
源流 (genryuu): source (of a river)
供給源 (kyoukyuugen): source of supply

EXAMPLE SENTENCES:

資源をうまく使うほうがはるかに重要だ。
shigen o umaku tsukau hou ga haruka ni juuyou da.
More important, it is a matter of using resources well.


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空にきらめく星を邪魔する人工光源もない。
sora ni kirameku hoshi o jama suru jinkou kougen mo nai.
No artificial lighting competes with the intensity of the stars etched into the sky.

しかし中国は大量の割安な労働力の供給源である。
shikashi chuugoku wa tairyou no wariyasu na roudouryoku no kyoukyuugen de aru.
Consider, however, that China is a vast pool of relatively low-cost labor.

ヘッジ取引の起源は、当然といえるかもしれないが、農業にある。
hejji torihiki no kigen wa, touzen to ieru kamoshirenai ga, nougyou ni aru.
The origins of hedging, appropriately enough, are agricultural.

問題の根源は、南米で法的所有権を確立するには、手続きが面倒だ、という点にある。
mondai no kongen wa, nanbei de houteki shoyuuken o kakuritsu suru ni wa, tetsuzuki ga mendou da, to iu ten ni aru.
A large part of the trouble is that it is so bureaucratically difficult to establish legal title to property in places like South America.

国内に封じ込めるのは、人的資源や病気ではなく、天然資源である。
kokunai ni fuujikomeru no wa, jinteki shigen ya byouki de wa naku, tennen shigen de aru.
It is not a human resources constraint or a disease, but a natural resources constraint.

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