女/pronunciation "onna", "jo", "nyo", "nyou" /mean "woman"

How to study

How to Remember

When you study the Japanese Kanji, "女"

This Kanji is from the shape of "kneeling and praying to god" like the picture.

But I think it's difficult.

 

Long ago in Japan we had a culture where most men worked outside and women worked inside.

Maybe I think you can imagine 女 from the picture easily.

 

In Use

When you use only 女, The pronunciation is "onna"

 

When you use 女 with other Kanji, The pronunciation is "onna", "jyo", "nyo", "nyou".

女性(jyosei)  woman

女医(jyoi)  female doctor

美女(bijyo)  beautiful woman

女人(nyonin) woman,  This isn't in common use.

女房(nyoubou) wife,  I feel young people don't use this

雪女(yukionna) snow woman

女手(onnade) female hand,   She raised five kids by herself.

 

When you use 女 with Hiragana, The pronunciation is "onna"

綺麗(kirei)な女の人(hito)の絵(e)。 picture of a beautiful woman.

 

Useful Knowledge

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

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

For example:

安(yasu)い reasonable, cheap

委(yuda)ねる entrust

妻(tsuma) wife

 

This Kanji can also be the left side part of another Kanji.

This "left side part" is named "Hen".

We say "onna-Hen" for this "Hen".

If you'd like to know "Hen". Please look here!

For example:

妊娠(ninshin) (pregnancy)

始(hazi)める (start)

好(su)き (like, love,)

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