So I’ve encountered this a few times before, but this time it’s in the same lesson so it’s really bothering me and I have some questions.
Kanji with basically the same meaning.
I just learned the kanji for “inspect” (査) and “examine” (検). Obviously, to English speakers there are going to be slight connotational differences between the two words, but they’re so close in meaning that two people could eaily have those connotations swapped over. So, practically, they mean the same thing.
My impression is that the meaning of specific kanji isn’t super important, it’s how they’re used to form vocab where the specific connotations of meaning are important. Is that right? Is there any meaning or benefit to my thinking of the English “meaning” of those kanji as “inspect” and “examine” respectively, beyond learning the specific words needed to pass WK reviews?
Furthermore, are there connotational differences in the minds of native Japanese when it comes to kanji with very similar meanings. Or would they also say that mean practically the same thing?