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N5 Kanji 58: 南

Meaning of kanji 南:

In Japanese, 南 means “south”.


How to read kanji 南:

Kunyomiみなみ
Onyomiなん

How to write kanji 南:


Origin of kanji 南:

The original meaning of 南 is a musical instrument”. And then it is used to stand for direction.
You can remember it by “There is a musical instrument in the south”.


Development of kanji 南:


Vocabulary containing kanji 南:

WordReadingMeaning
みなみsouth
南部なんぶsouth
南北なんぼくnorth and south
南方なんぽうsouth
南西なんせいsouthwest
南側みなみがわsouth side
南東なんとうsoutheast
南洋なんようthe South Seas
指南しなんinstruction
以南いなんsouth
南口みなみぐちsouth exit
南向きみなみむきfacing south
南南東なんなんとうsouth south east

Example Sentences of kanji 南:

みなみのほうからくもてきている。
The clouds are coming from the south.

彼女かのじょなんしゅっしんちがいない。
She must be from the South.

かれらはなんきょく探索たんさくした。
They explored the Antarctic.

かれいえかわみなみがわにある。
His house is on the south side of the river.

ほん南北なんぼくながくにです。
Japan is a very long country from north to south.

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