Leech Squashing

You need to speak with a native urgently then :stuck_out_tongue: That’s literally one of the most common words 日本人 use when they see you writing in Japanese, even if it’s the most simple thing :joy:

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Yeah, 日本語が上手ですね is a common greeting in Japanese. Almost exclusively used when meeting a foreign person. :stuck_out_tongue:


I brushed past the difference between 身 and 者 because the kanji meanings didn’t force me to learn the difference and the vocab I just learned case-by-case, but I’m thinking I really should get the difference (especially since they’ve turned up as radicals with 身 as ‘somebody’ and 者 as ‘someone’, and with radicals only having one meaning, getting them mixed up means getting it wrong). It should be easy to remember that the 身 radical is ‘somebody’ since the 身 vocab is ‘body’, but I wasn’t paying enough attention to the difference between the characters.

Maybe it’s a little complicated a mnemonic, but the 身 kanji contains the 自 (‘self’) radical, and I know ‘self’ and ‘body’ are sort of metonymic in Japanese (e.g. おに気を付けて - “take care of yourself”). It’s also associated in that 身体 has the regular on’yomi reading of しんたい, but also has a gikun reading of からだ, which is the same as the kun’yomi reading of 体 alone.

I just went with the word “somebody” being more “heavy” than “someone”. Why? Because the slash on 身 is lower compared to 者. Because somebody is more heavy, the slash goes down easily (身).:grin::joy:

I just added synonyms so that “someone” and “somebody” are both accepted for 者 and 身. They literally mean the same thing in English, so creating an arbitrary distinction for these kanji is pointless. It’s not like arbitrarily chosen English meanings will help you learn the nuance in usage between the kanji anyway.


FYI I created this web page to help me squash leeches: Leeches screensaver. Enjoy!


Readings of 心身 and 信心

If you train body and mind, you must treat them equally, even pronounce them the same.

信心 and 信じる start with the same 3 Mora.

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I don’t think I’ll ever burn that one.

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I burned 年来 because I couldn’t properly pronounce it for some years.

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Yeah, I know. I just made sure to create a stronger “distinction” to better identify the 2 Kanji, that’s all :slight_smile:

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I think the problem is that 身 rather refers to a physical body, I have no idea how it relates to “somebody”, actually. WK is creating the confusion.

WK is not alone in that meaning for 身

But both seem to veer away from what a monolingual kanji resource says.

Most things English-Japanese on the Internet are based on jmdict in the end, anyway.

I was just looking at the vocabulary with 身, and body or oneself seems to catch most things.

This Kanjipedia seems like a resource I’ve been needing! :slight_smile:

Arrgh. 画像 is a relatively recent word for me but on track to become a major leech because I keep reading 画 as “ei” (as in 映画). Once I make a mistake I can usually remember it, but I barely finally got it guru’d only for me to just miss it again.

I have resigned myself to never ever keeping any verb involving 当 straight.


I can only get 本当. Anything else, forget it. Not even the kanji on its own, ha.

These are my worst right now. Just looking at them is making me twitch.

Screenshot from 2017-09-07 17-10-08

Cross-post for folks interested in seeing the distribution of their leeches across SRS stages: [Unsupported] Dashboard Userscript: Leech, Apprentice, and Guru detail (aka SRS level progress) (same logic as in the Leech Detector).

Here’s what mine looks like:

Death to leeches!


艦隊 - naval fleet
艦船 - warship

someday I’ll get these right and be like

Cross-post: A script to warn you at learning time that something it a common leech: Script idea: leech-o-meter?