Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Water in Chinese and Japanese

As we were walking through the freezing street in Kokusai, D needed to quench his thirst by just walking through a nearby vendo. Literally, vending machines are readily available at almost any store, anytime. However, most of the stuff being sold are printed in Kanji, so D was not quite sure about getting water. Besides, we weren't able to find drinking fountains that time.

Good thing, I sort of remembered the Chinese character for water that we've written so many times in Mandarin class way back in college. When I saw the vending machine with the symbol below, I told him to select it.

The symbol above has one and the same meaning for both Chinese and Japanese languages. In Mandarin, water is read as shui, while mizu in Japanese.

So there! Case closed.

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