Random Kanji Knowledge: Hontou

Random Kanji Knowledge: Hontou

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 本当, which is read hontou (ho-n-toe). 本当 can mean truth/reality or (really).

本 is the kanji for book, as in the paperback thing you read at the library.

当 refers to “hitting,” as in you hit the wall out of frustration.

So combined together, I think of the 本当 kanji compound as “hitting the books” when you are looking to be serious.

Example Use
ベーコンがおいしいです. —> Beekon ga oishii desu. —> Bacon is delicious.

本当ですか? —> Hontou desu ka? —> Oh really?/Is it that so?
The stroke order for the kanji compound is shown below.



Kanji drawing map

So how 本当 are you?

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