Sunday Soundcheck 6

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I started the Sunday Soundcheck as a weekly post, but in December when I took a two week break, I totally forgot about it. How distracted I’ve been. Anyhow, I’ll try not to be so forgetful from now on. So, number 6 is the first sound from row 2: ka. It is represented by か in hiragana and カ in katakana; these are two kana which look very much alike, which happens sometimes.

カリウム(kariumu)is Japanese for ‘potassium’. Well, doesn’t that sound different? Ever wonder why the atomic symbol for Potassium isn’t P? Besides the fact that P is for Phosphorus, and Po is already taken by Polonium, and Pt by Platinum, there is a reason. Pm was available, but K is the symbol for Potassium because in German it is Kalium. Bonus round: why is W the symbol for Tungsten?

かのうせい(kanousei), also written in kanji as 可能性, means ‘possibility’, ‘likelihood’, ‘chance’, or ‘potentiality’.

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4 Responses to “Sunday Soundcheck 6”

  1. Stefanie Says:

    I feel so educated now 🙂 With the help of Google and Wikipedia, W for Tugsten is from its German name, wolfram

  2. fightingwindmills Says:

    I’m with Stefanie. I feel educated (for the moment). 🙂

  3. びっくり Says:

    OK, I’m out the door in two minutes. How about a little more (off the German) symbolic fun: Cu, Ag, Au. Are all in the same atomic family. They are Copper, Silver, and Gold. What are their origins? See you! (^-^)/

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    […] we finished the second column of the phonetic sound chart. That row contained the sounds ‘ka‘, ‘ki‘, ‘ku‘, ‘ke‘, ‘ko‘. (Remember that the […]

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