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For making conjugations, the last (or last 2) Hiragana of a Japanese verb is always written outside the Kanji.

For example, when I say the pronunciation of 行 is いく, it does not mean that the Kanji 行 alone should be pronounced as "iku". Instead, the last Hiragana く should be written outside the Kanji, so we should write this verb as 行く and pronounce this Kanji-Kana hybrid as "iku".

Although the Kanji 行 in this case is in fact pronounced as "i", we should NEVER just remember it without also remembering the Kana that is written outside.

This applies ONLY to 訓読み (Japanese style reading).

Kanji-Verb-Sell 売

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How to remember?

Imagine that the radical 士 is a seller who spreads his arms to welcome the customers. The lower part is the displayed goods.


The radical of this Kanji is 士(さむらい)

Do not confuse this Kanji with:

-which means "shell", "hush" in simplified Chinese but is not used in Japanese or traditional Chinese. The Kanji for this meaning is and in Japanese and traditional Chinese.

For your reference, the Kanji for "sell" in tranditional and simplified Chinese are and respectively.