on’yomi kun’yomi Radicals
しち なな.つ

Meaning: Seven

Lucky for you (as is the case with many of the lower-stroke kanji), this kanji is the same as the radical you’ve already learned. The radical that makes up this kanji is seven and the kanji (which is exactly the same) is seven. So, if you know the radical, you know the meaning of the kanji as well.

Make sure you know your radicals and you’ll be A-Okay!

Reading: しち

You know this kanji means Seven, so let’s use that to remember the reading too. Seven is a lucky number, usually, but this time it wasn’t so good. Seven percent is all she got on her test after she cheated (しち) on it.

How unbelievable is it that someone got seven percent on a test, especially if you try to cheat? Imagine the girl you loathe the most from school, and imagine her cheating on the test (it’s important it’s a girl, because of the “she” part in she cheated). Then, imagine your happiness when she’s super upset about getting seven percent on it. Serves her right.


Learn the meanings of the following words and try to learn the readings as well, though the meanings are most important right now.

a 七(しち)= Seven

  • Meaning: The meaning is the same as the kanji, so be sure to know the kanji well and you’ll know this vocab word automagically.
  • Reading: The reading is the same as the on’yomi of the kanji as well. Once again, know your kanji and you’ll know your vocab too!

a 七つ(ななつ)= Seven (things)

  • Meaning: This refers to counting “things” (i.e. when something doesn’t have a specific counter, or you’re just counting things in general).
  • Reading: The reading is the kun’yomi reading. You know this means “seven things” so you can think “what am I counting?” and conclude that your counting Nanas (like, your grandmothers). Wonder why you have seven Nanas, but realize you don’t. You only have two nanas, as in Nana Two (ななつ).

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