鍼医 acupuncturist. kanji mistake?

針医 acupuncturist​ - kanji mistake here? wk level 27

鍼医 acupuncturist​ - jisho. other sources

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They’re not going to teach 鍼, which isn’t a jouyou kanji, and is kanken level 1.

For the purposes of teaching people at this level 針医 is fine, though an actual acupuncturist would use 鍼. A newspaper or something would just write はり医 and use no kanji.

But the meaning of the two kanji is the same… needle… and so it’s not really that big of a deal to teach the word using a kanji that people actually will need to know for a variety of reasons beyond that one thing.

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In (simplified) Chinese, 针 is the simplified form of both 針 and 鍼. They’re essentially the same thing. In Japanese, according to my dictionary, 針 has a few more meanings, like ‘needle for pointing’ (the sort you’d find in a compass or clock) and ‘needle-shaped object’. In fact, apparently both kanji (when read しん and used in kanji compounds) can be used to refer to ‘sewing needles’ and ‘acupuncture needles’. However, if we’re talking about the word はり (i.e. as a standalone word), 鍼(はり) is specifically used for acupuncture and acupunture needles, whereas 針(はり) is used for sewing needles and things shaped like sewing needles. That’s why 鍼医 is probably more formal/correct, but 針医 isn’t wrong either.

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hey there, im new to wanikani but I dont have anywhere else to ask this question. I understand the kanji but when the quiz brings up kanji reading even if i get the right letters, it counts it as wrong and I cant figure out what im doing wrong!! please help! my computer is in danger of being thrown :frowning:

In the future, making your own thread would be best, but have a look at this help page and let me know if it solves your problem.

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that helps a lot. sorry i didnt realize i could create my own thread :see_no_evil: thank u!

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