Memory phrase (Mnemonic) for: 能



ability, capacity, competence




Left: nose and body , right: claws /


(i.e. at masks at Nō-theater or at dog breeding) Nose, body and claws prove ability.


nose(Is typically understood as a nose in a sideview which is directed to the left.)
month(The radical tsuki stands for moon or month when used at the right side of a character. However t1he radical niku that stands for body or body-part is in many cases simplified to and thus looks equal as "moon".)
sitting person(The Radical sajinohi means "spoon". But due to its appearance is typically used as a "sitting person". In few cases however, it is understood as claws (i.e. of a bear).)
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可能性 かのうせい possibility, potentiality, likelihood
のう Nō-theater, being skilled in, nicely, properly
放射能 ほうしゃのう radioactivity
才能 さいのう talent, ability
万能 ばんのう all-purpose, almighty. omnipotent
性能 せいのう ability, efficiency
技能 ぎのう technical skill, ability, capacity
有能 ゆうのう able, capable, efficient, skill
本能 ほんのう instinct

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