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Today, I'm going to show you the R set.
These are the characters:
And, here are the clues you may use:
Ru ( ) and ro ( ) were often confused with each other since they look similar. One way I remember the difference is by thinking of Rurouni Kenshin. I have a poster of this in my room so I get a constant reminder which is ru ( ) and which is ro ( ).
Rurouni () is a combination of two words: rurou () meaning "wanderer" and rounin () meaning "a samurai with no master". Keep in mind though that the word rurouni does not exist in the Japanese language. It's just a word made by the author of the series.
Another way to distinguish the two symbols is to remember that ru ( ) got an extended curl while ro ( ) doesn't.
Ra ( ) can also be confused with sa ( ) and chi ( ), especially chi ( ). Hint: if you disconnect the horizontal stroke/bar from chi ( ) from the rest of the symbol, you get ra ( ).
I'll write a separate post on how to distinguish one confusing symbol to another in a future post. Watch out for that.
Here are a few words with these symbols:
dakara () - means "so" or "therefore"
ringo () - means "apple", kanji:
haru () - means "Spring"
rei () - means "example", kanji:
roku () - means "six", kanji:
Next would be the W set.