Japanese Learning

N4 Kanji 51:妹

Meaning

In Japanese,妹 means “younger sister”.

How to read it:

Kunyomi:いもうと
Onyomi:まい

How to write it:

How to use it:

Kunyomi:
妹(いもうと)→younger sister

Onyomi:
姉妹(しまい)→sisters

Origin:

妹=女+未。
女 means “woman”, 未 means “not”.
You are not seeing your younger sister as a woman who can be your girlfriend because it’s your younger sister.
So 妹 stands for “younger sister”.

Development:

As you know the origin of this kanji,now you can remember it easier.

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