Hi there !
Since I have a Nepali husband, Araam, who learns Kanji for N5 or N4 (Japanese language level), I have been trying to find out how to memorize them easily.
Today I want to share three Kanjis following. Their definitions are totally different each other but their forms are kind of similar. So I get them together here.
Let's get started !
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- 半(han, naka)middle, half
- 手（te, shu) hand, direction
Similar forms of 牛 and 半
I remember one famous Sukiyaki restauran in Tokyo, 今半（ima han). They deal beef, 牛肉(gyu niku).... 今半 , 牛肉... If you can associate them, it must be easier to memorize these Kanjis...
(Actually Hindu people like Nepali don't eat beef meat since cow is sacred to them)
[How to stroke ]
The first one needs a little bit excurved.
- 牛（ushi) cow
- 牛乳（gyu-nyu) cow milk
- 牛肉（gyu-niku) beef
If we know 牛乳and 牛肉, we can easily shop in supermarkets.
乳 means milk. 肉 means meat.
This also has several pronounciations. Don't think the reason but just remember the words combined such as....
- 半分（hanbun） half
- そのコップに半分まで水をいれてください Could you fill the glass up halfway?
- 大半（taihan) mostly, generally ※We pronounce 大 (tai) in this case.
- 半じゅく卵(hanjuku tamago) egg over easy
※You may see 卵 for the first time.This is one of N4 Kanjis. So let's remember this here. Anyway I think this looks like frog's egg.... like this.
半ば (nakaba) middle
週（shu)の半ば in the middle of week
Actuall I don't know other words that we pronounce 半 "naka".
手（te, shu) hand
手 also has two horizontal and one vertical lines like 牛 and 半 but vertical one is a bit arched toward to the left. And vertical one needs to has upward brushstroke in the bottom.
Andthis forms based on the shape of a palm.
How to stroke is this.
How to use 手
- 右手(migite) right hand, right side
- 左手（hidarite) left hand, left side.
About "right / left side " , you can say , "お店は、右手にあります。" , when you indicate a shop is on one's right side.
I hope it is easy for you to remember them. Keep learning Kanjis with us!