Stroke Order Diagrams for 月
Construction of Character for 月
Kanji related to 月
Meanings in Other Languages for 月
- lune, mois
- mês, lua
- mes, luna
Comments for 月
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Isnt it that getsu is moon and gatsu is month? Why is it written the other way?
Generally, つき is moon and げつ/がつ is month.
Between げつ and がつ, がつ is used more often. I think the reason for げつ in some words (long story short) is based on the flow on the word. It's similar* to how the "cata" in "catastrophe" and "catastrophic", or the "photo" in "photograph" and "photographer", are pronounced differently in English.
*I know there are different reasons (mostly different linguistic rules) as to why げつ/がつ are pronounced compared to the English examples I gave. I'm just trying to give a simple explanation that makes sence to everyone without going all-in on linguistics and making it more confusing than it needs to be.
Tunis is a good snapshot of some Japanese language v learning issues.one character with multiple meanings and pronunciations.
To my knowledge, "gatsu" is only employed when saying the proper names of the months.
"hachigatsu" = August (8月)
"sangatsu" = March (3月)
but "sangetsu" would literally translate to "3 month".
>>> To count out 3 months you will add a little "ke" (ヶ) in the middle (but pronounce it as "ka" since the "ichi-ni-san" counting method is in use)
"full moon" is "mangetsu", though, not "mantsuki".
I think getsu and gatsu are both month; tsuki is moon. Though of course there is overlap, just as there is in English ("many moons ago"). And then there's Luna, and lunar... and lunatic?
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