The Radical: 永


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Meaning
lasting    永

Explanation

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 3Joyo 3
swim
oyogu, EI
Left: water , right: long time/lasting (The swimmer is in the water for: a long time)
In the water, a person can be for a long time (=above the water level ,) when swimming.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
eternal, long time, permanent, lasting
nagai, EI
Top: head of a swimming person or an accent as emphasis, below: var. of water
I emphasise water has been here eternally. Or: This head is in the water already for a long time.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
poem, recitation, compose, recite
yomu, EI
Left: word (sound waves out of a mouth ), right: long time, eternal (I emphasize water is there eternally.)
Words that exist eternally are: the poems.

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