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  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
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  • Alternatively, look for a component in the list. 氵 艹 口 each have three strokes; 夫 has four strokes
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Grammar detail: っ, ッ and ー

っ, ッ and ー - emphasis and elongation
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The small kana 'tsu' symbol, either hiragana っ or katana ッ, is usually used to represent a doubled consontant, known in Japanese as a
そくおん
促音
, as in for example ハット (hat) or やっぱり (as expected) or あっさり (readily). The tsu symbol essentially causes whatever consonant begins the next kana to be doubled, so ハット is actually pronounced something like ha-t-to.
Another somewhat less common use is to add an equivalent sound within a word in order to add emphasis or exaggeration. The same mechanism exists in English - for example, you might say 'Re-a-a-lly?!' to express disbelief. In Japanese, this usage has become a standard form for many words - for example many words beginning with
(itself an emphasis word) use the form to add additional emphasis. For example,
ましろ
真白
means 'pure white', and using
しろ
simply emphasizes the fact that it really is 'pure' white. Sometimes, the mechanism can be applied in words where it is not ordinarily used, in order to achieve the same effect. For example, see:
どーすんこの
みせ
かん
ぜん
かんこどり
閑古鳥
がなっちゃってる
じゃない
What happened to this place?! It's completely dead!
This form is found in colloquial speech in
かんっぜん
完ッ全
,
ぜんっぜん
全ッ然
,
ぜっったい
絶ッ対
. The third example is especially interesting, because it already contains a doubled consonant before the extra っ!
The ー symbol, known in Japanese as
ちょうおん
聴音
(which looks like the kanji
いち
but is actually a different symbol) often performs a similar effect. Its standard use is simply to indicate a lengthening of the previous vowel sound, as in ポッキー (the Pocky snack). This typically is only need in katakana, because in hiragana it is usually only the お sound that is extended, and it is customary to use hiragana う to do that. Since katakana is used to represent words of foreign origin, almost any sound may need to be extended, and rather than using ウ etc, ー is usually used. The ー symbol can also be used to add unusual emphasis - for example, あはよー (instead of the normal おはよう) would imply an extra long final syllable.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ソク   うなが to press, to stimulate   
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オン   イン   sound   おと    ね    
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シン   truth   ま exactly; deep   
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ハク   ビャク   しろ white   しろ    しら-    
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カン    complete   
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ゼン   まった entirely   すべ everything   
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ゼン   ネン    resemble   
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ゼツ   たえる to die out   たやす to eradicate   た to sever, to cut off   
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タイ   ツイ    vis-a-vis   
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チョウ   き to listen   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
テン   みせ shop   
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カン    leisure   
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コ   ふる old   -ふる to grow old   
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チョウ   とり bird   
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