#11 What do 耳 and 聞く mean?


Hello, it's kÜshi.

Do you have fun to study kanji and
Japanese?

Having fun is all.


So today's kanji are耳 and 聞

See them carefully. 聞 has 耳 in.
So they must have some relations.




Redas: mimi
Means: ear

Ex.

1. A big ear
...大きな耳
/oo-kina mimi/

👉大きな means big



2. Animals have two ears
...動物は耳を2つもっている
/Doubutsu wa mimi o futatsu motte iru/

👉動物(どうぶつ, doubutsu) means an
animal
動 means to move and 物 means a
"thing".

👉2つ reads "futa-tsu"
Yeah, 2 reads "ni", but when we
count things, we read it "futa".

I don't know why...
I think there's no reason.
Japanese is very moody XD

👉もっている is a progressive form
of もつ, which means to have something.

もつ changes to もって
when it has other verbs after it.

いる is a verb which means to exist.
But いる, included in もっている, doesn't
mean to exist.
It just makes a verb progressive.




What does this do you think mean?
What do you use ears for?
Yes, to hear.

Oh "hear" has "ear" in, too!


Reads: ki-ku(聞く), bun
Means: to hear, to listen


Ex.

1. I listen to his story
...彼の はなしを聞く
/kare no hanashi o ki ku/

👉彼(kare) means "he",
and 彼の means "his"

👉はなしmeans a story



2. I'm listening to music
...私は おんがくを 聞いている
/watashi wa ongaku o ki-iteiru/

👉私は means "I"

👉おんがく means music

👉聞いている is a progressive form of 聞く
As you studied above, いる just makes
聞くprogressive(still this is a verb)

聞く changes to 聞いて
when it has other verbs after it.




Thank you so much for coming here.

I hope this helps you!

See you next time~~!


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