親/pronunciation shin and oya,/mean parent and intimate

How to study

How to Remember

When you study the Japanese Kanji, "親".

You should think to separate 立(ritsu,ta) and 木(ki,moku) and (ken,mi).

立 means stand and 木 means tree and means look.

 

Parent stand on a tree and look at their child: oya,親

 

Actually there is a formal explanation.

A long time ago people looked up to their family mortuary tablet made of a sacred tree with a needle.

立 is an abbreviation for 辛 and means needle.

Almost every Japanese person doesn't know 辛 means needle.

And I have never heard this culture in Japan.

 

I recommend you study 親 with the first explanation.

In Use

When you use only  親, The pronunciation is "oya" 

 

When you use 親 with other Kanji, The pronunciation is "shin" or "oya"

親族(shinzoku) 親子(oyako) 両親(ryoushin) 里親(satooya) 親書(shinshyo)

 

When you use 親 with Hiragana, The pronunciation is "oya"

親は、子供(kodomo)を見守(mimamo)ります。Parents watch over their children.

 

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