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Translingual[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Phono-semantic compound (形聲): Radical: () + Phonetic: ( + )

Han character[edit]

(radical 149 +7, 14 strokes, cangjie input 卜口一一口 (YRMMR), four-corner 01661, composition)

  1. language, words
  2. saying, expression

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 1163, character 8
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 35533
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1628, character 2
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 6, page 3974, character 9
  • Unihan data for U+8A9E

Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(simplified , Jyutping jyu5, Yale yu5)


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 2 “Kyōiku” kanji)

  1. A word.
  2. Speech.
  3. Language.
  4. A term.

Readings[edit]

Compounds[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

Add the suffix -語 to the name of a country to derive the word for that country's language. For example, 日本 (Nihon, "Japan") + = 日本 (Nihongo, "Japanese"); スペイン (Supein, "Spain") + = スペイン (Supeingo, "Spanish"). Note that there are some exceptions to this, such as イギリス (Igirisu, "England") and 英 (Eigo, "English").

Suffix[edit]

(hiragana , romaji -go)

  1. language of, -ese, -ish

Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(mal) (hangeul , revised mal, McCune-Reischauer mal, Yale mal)
(malsseum) (hangeul 말씀, revised malsseum, McCune-Reischauer malsseum, Yale malsseum)
(eo) (hangeul , revised eo, McCune-Reischauer ŏ, Yale e)

Mandarin[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(simplified , Pinyin (yu3), Wade-Giles 3)

Compounds[edit]


Min Nan[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(POJ gú, gí)


Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(ngữ, ngứ)