Many people think of kanji as a headache-inducing and unnecessary complication, and while the thousands of kanji characters are a major challenge, there are many benefits for learning kanji.
In this article, let’s look at ways to multiply your vocabulary easily by using kanji, 大 in particular.
Since kanji have both meaning and pronunciations, combining certain kanji with other kanji or words can change the meaning of that word in a logical way. This makes your study time very efficient.
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Biggify a Word
First, let’s look at a few simple examples that you may already know using 大 (big) with the pronunciation of だい. Take the word for “to like”:
Now, let’s add “big” behind it.
to like very much; to love
Here is the word for “dislike”:
Can you think of how to say “hate” or “dislike very much”?
While all of the following are useful, some may be more advanced. They all use 大 pronounced as だい. Can you think of others? If so, please post in the comments below!
Another common reading for 大 (big) is おお. Let's look at a few words that are "biggified" with おお.
It seems jukugo (two or more kanji combined as a single word meaning) tends to use the だい reading, whereas single kanji words tend to use the おお reading.
型model; type (of machine); patter; mold
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