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Stroke Count
4 Strokes
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月 + 0 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. month, moon
Readings
Kun'yomi: つき。
On'yomi: ガツ、ゲツ。

Dictionary Entries for 月

tsuki
noun
  1. moon
  2. month
gatsu
noun, used as a suffix
  1. month (of the year); used after number or question word (e.g. nan or nani)
getsu
noun
  1. Monday

Stroke Order Diagrams for 月

Construction of Character for 月

Origin and construction of 月
  1. 三日月の形を表した象形字

Kanji related to 月

  • 婿

Meanings in Other Languages for 月

French
  1. lune, mois
Portuguese
  1. mês, lua
Spanish
  1. mes, luna

Comments for 月

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あすま wrote on Tuesday the 21st of March 2017 at 12:57 AM

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.

#7 Posted by Koukina about 4 months ago, last modified at 1:43 AM

Tunis is a good snapshot of some Japanese language v learning issues.one character with multiple meanings and pronunciations.

#6 Posted by Profegg about 8 months ago

To my knowledge, "gatsu" is only employed when saying the proper names of the months.

For example:

"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)

"sankagetsu" (3ヶ月)

 

#5 Posted by ruthieguh over 2 years ago

"full moon" is "mangetsu", though, not "mantsuki".

#4 Posted by Monox D. I-Fly over 3 years ago

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?

#3 Posted by Henna Amerikajin over 3 years ago


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