Not really a “mind blow” maybe, but something I was proud of and surprised myself.
I had a native gather a bunch of celebrity names (without pictures) for me to try and read, because I figure that’s as good a way as any to get better at reading names.
I got to 阿部寛 and had no trouble reading 阿部 (あべ) because that’s an extremely common last name.
So my thought process on the given name was
- It’s the 寛 in 寛容.
- 寛容 means “tolerance” or “generosity”.
- In other words 心がひろい.
- So maybe his name is related to ひろい.
- ひろし is a common name related to ひろい.
And I was right!
Felt really good.
I completely whiffed on plenty of other names, but getting that one right was nice.