This morning I was doing my online spaced-repetition kanji practice and it demonstrated to me that there are four kanji I really get confused over (still!).
flat, level, even; calm, peaceful, quiet
half, semi-, hemi-, halfway
rice; America; United States; continent of America
come, coming, arrive, come to
So the theory is that by posting those four here in full I will better remember them! THE THEORY.
When double checking the information above, my resources came up with other kanji that some learners find visually similar and therefore confusing, like I did with my four! Here is the first related branch I ran into.
cow, ox, cattle, bull, beef
Those two were specifically mentioned as kanji of possible confusion with the 平半米来 set but then once I looked into 牛午 I of course found other kanji that people confuse with those two (!). I’m not going to go too far down this rabbit hole but here is what I consider to be the most easy kanji to confuse with 牛午.
Another branch of confusion that some people seem to have is with the diagonal little jabby bits that 平半米来 all share. There was a particular kanji given as a possible red herring:
light, glow, shine, glitter, sparkle
And, as with 牛午, researching that kanji then leads to more suggestions for ones that may be visually confused. Again, I won’t delve too deep into thar caverns but here are a couple:
origin, beginning, element
ahead, before, previous, precede
I have a feeling this won’t be the last time I post on here about visually-similar kanji – there are oodles of ’em!
When coming up with the title for this one Priya said “trickily similar is so appropriate for today!” because…today is Halloween 😉