Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help reading the testimonial from this poster advertising a cram school’s summer courses. It features very natural, conversational language by moms about their kids, relating the positive effects that the course had on them.
This ad campaign is aimed at kids who haven’t been to a 塾(じゅく), or cram school, before.
I’ll highlight each of the four testimonials in separate Kanji Kanban posts.
The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to their order of appearance in both Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji in Context.
To learn more about how this information can help you learn kanji, please read this.
Heisig(H296, H965, H1352, H95, H225, H637, H144)
Kanji In Context(KIC97, KIC138, KIC130, KIC69, KIC342, KIC170, KIC219)
みみ はな のど
If you’re studying hiragana, try reading this small medical clinic’s sign that I came across recently in Kyoto. It follows the rule that characters that are read vertically are read from right to left.
The parts of the body that this medical specialty is concerned with are referred to in the same order in Japanese as in English, which might well help you guess their meaning even if you don’t study Japanese!
Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool on the text I’ve transcribed just below the photo if you need help. Rikaichan will give you the English definitions and the kanji.
If you’re learning hiragana, give this Kyoto restaurant sign a look. It caught my eye because of the elegant, stylized script that might make this otherwise easy to read word a bit of a challenge, if not for the context of the photo.
You might also already be used to sight reading the word in its often seen kanji incarnation that I’ve written just below the photo.
These particular kanji are most often associated with this word and are seen in other forms much less frequently, so learning them as a set is common.