chapter  III
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Japanese Sounds of Kanji

In the study of Chinese ideographie seript, what Japanese had done must have been: 1st, to learn form and strueture of eaeh charaeter; 2nd, to learn how it is sounded; 3rd, to learn its meaning or what idea does it convey. The meaning translated into Japanese is known as "kun" , "wakun" or "yomi", which were actually attached to the corresponding characters so that each character is regarded to have Chinese sounds and Japanese sounds.