力/pronunciation chikara and ryoku and riki/mean power

How to study

How to Remember

When you study the Japanese Kanji, "力".

 

This Kanji is from the shape of a farm tool like this picture.

Using the farm tool needs power. :chikara, ryoku, riki, 力

 

Also you can imagine someone pulling something.

 

In Use

When you use only 力, The pronunciation is "chikara"

When you use 力 with other Kanji, The pronunciation is "ryoku" or "riki" sometimes "chikara".

引力(inryoku) 学力(gakuryoku) 馬力(bariki) 力学(rikigaku) 力瘤(chikarakobu)

When you use 力 with Hiragana, The pronunciation is "chikara"

腹筋(hukkin)に力を入(i)れて!  Keep your abs tight.

力を合(a)わせる。 work together

Useful Knowledge

If you memorize 力, It will help you study a lot of Kanji.

A lot of Kanji use 力 as one of their parts.

助(tasu)ける (help)

加(kuwa)える (add)

劣(oto)る (inferior)

勇(isa)ましい (brave)

勉強(benkyou)する (study)

 

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