[EVA] Rei's Anatomy [off-topic]
Zhou Tai An
kain at pacific.net.sg
Wed Nov 19 20:00:38 EST 1997
>## They are called "rubi", or "furigana". They all indicate the supposed
>## pronounciation of the kanji. *However* sometimes the pronounciation
>## is deliberately different from the kanji. This is used to mean a
>## situation when the spoken words may not be clear enough in the context.
>## For example, the furigana might say "he", but the kanji might be, say,
>## "Shinji Ikari". That clears up the reference.
Interesting. I didn't know that.
>## The reason why there are furigana in this manga is because the manga
>## is considered as a shonen manga - a manga for the youngsters (though
>## many adults also read them). Both shonen manga and shojo manga
>## usually write the pronounciation with the kanji. And I find that it
>## is a superb way to learn the pronounciation of kanji!! ^_^ On the
>## other hand, for those Japanese people (or those whose first language
>## is not Chinese), this is a superb way to learn the writing of kanji,
>## putting education in entertainment :-)
Definitely. You won't believe how many kanji one has to learn...^_^
>## Man's comics and Lady's comics, by contrast, no longer have those
>## furigana beside the kanji. You are supposed to be proficient enough
>## in reading the kanji by that time (meaning past high-school).
>## enough to read those kanji.
How many Japanese are there like that? I am not very sure of an average
Japanese person's kanji proficiency...
>most Japanese don't like kanji any more than I do ^_^ (In fact, one source
>has it that "the Japanese consider kanji as wordless globules of meaning)
>## Hey! This should be taken as a negative example -- one should take
>## it as the reason why you should study Chinese.
That was a joke, Patrick! ^_^
>You see, the Japanese
>## growing up speaking the kanji words without knowing the writing of
>## kanji, and they end up very confused with all the writing and
>## differences of meaning because they cannot associate with the
>## pronounciation and the writing. That's why good background in Chinese
>## goes far for people learning kanji. You would not go the way many
>## Japanese have gone.
Agreed. This is a proven fact.
>## I think you are right here, but most likely is that they forget or
>## remember wrongly the writing of the kanji. This is quite common.
That too. Especially because they use "Old" Chinese for their writing...some
kanji can have up to 50 strokes! ^_^ (Not that you'd see those in manga.
Maybe up to 30, max)
>## How long does it take for Singapore to have the manga?
Not very long. I am not a manga fan, but I would hazard a month or so?
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