Hey guys how is everything going today? We hope that you are really getting stuck in with your studies. We have for you now a very exciting 漢子 lesson, but not just any 漢子. We will be looking today at 漢子 relating to rain.

We will be looking at amazing ways to remember these 漢子, looking closely at the forms and structures and giving you all the knowledge, you need to get confident with your rain related 漢子.

Let’s get on our welly’s and jump on into today’s lesson.


The basics, let’s get started with rain and rainy season

首先 漢子 that we are going to want to look at is obviously the 漢子 for rain. Most of the 漢子 that we learn from here we’ll be expanding on that.

Kun Yomiあめ

If you look at this 漢子 you can see 4 rain droplets within it. This looks like rain on a window and is a great way to remember the 漢子.

Now we are going to look at the next 漢子 which is the 漢子 for rain season. This 漢子 combines the 雨 漢子 that we have just learnt with another 漢子.

つゆ / ばいう
tsuyu / baiu
Rainy Season

This is a really 有用 漢子 to remember as in Japan from late March to early April is peak season throughout much of the country.

Let’s have a look at some more complex rain 漢子

下一個 漢子 that we are going to learn are combinations of 雨 to create other meanings and also some more stand alone 漢子 too.

Sleet / Snow with Rain

霙 This is the 漢子 for sleet, which for those of you who don’t know, is snow mixed with rain. You can see the 漢子 at the top of this is a squished 漢子 for rain which will be a great way for you to remember it.

kiri same
Misty Rain / Light Drizzle

This is the 漢子 for a light drizzle. The 漢子 before the rain 漢子 是個 漢子 for Fog which when you put these 2 meanings together, it really does make sense.  

niwaka ame
Rain Shower / Sudden Shower

Niwakaamen means, sudden shower. We have first the 漢子 for “sudden” and then lastly the 漢子 for “rain”. It really is that simple with this one.

Heavy Rain

You will most likely recognise this 漢子 if you have been studying for a while. First we have the 漢子 for big and then the 漢子 for rain. When combined together this gives us the meaning of heavy rain.


Here we have the 漢子 which represents “overpowering” with the onyomi reading of 雨 to give use the word GOUU, which means “downpour”.


Combining three 漢子 meaning here, violence, wind and rain, to create rain storm. Those 3 漢子 meaning really do sum up what it is like to be at the centre of a rain storm too.


This is our last rain related 漢子 on the list which means “thunderstorm” . It combines the 漢子 for lighting with the 漢子 for rain.

We are now going to look at an effective study technique to help you remember these kanjis.

An amazing learning technique for remembering all of these new 漢子

Now that we have learnt all of these new 漢子 we are going to need to put into 實踐 an effective way to be able to remember them for the long term. We are going to need to start by taking a pen and paper and writing out all of the 漢子.

Step 1: Look at all of the different radicals inside of the 漢子 (These are the shapes that make up the big picture) and think of a really powerful / creative story to be able to remember their meaning.

Step 2: Add them to either physical flashcards or a digital anki system.

Step 3: Write sentences and actually use the 漢子 within those sentences too.

If you do all of these steps for each of the 10 漢子 that we have learnt today you are going to have mastered the use of these 漢子 for the long term. Remember to keep reviewing them periodically too.

So guys that was it for today’s online Japanese lesson from Bondlingo. We really hope that you enjoyed the lesson and as always if you have any questions or suggestions as to what you would like us to talk about next, please do not hesitate to get in touch as we always hearing from you.

Until the next online Japanese lesson from us, またね。


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