Karate

Psymon

Psymon

Hello I heard that *karate* actually means: _empty hand_ ie. no weapons. I recognize the *te* part to mean hand from the bonus lessons. But I thought *kara* meant: _from_ I am confused.
Sayaka-Matsuura

Sayaka-Matsuura

Psymon-san, Konnichiwa! That's a great question! KARATE does mean "empty hand" where TE = HAND. Now, you're right that KARA means "from" but it is also the word for "empty". For example, you can say: *Saifu ga KARA desu* "My wallet is EMPTY" or *Hako o KARA ni suru* "EMPTY the box" :shock: This KARA has a corresponding Chinese character which means "empty" whereas the KARA for "from" doesn't have a Kanji. Now, since we're talking about this word KARA, I'd like to introduce to you ANOTHER meaning. KARA can also mean "a shell" as in: *Tamago no KARA* An eggSHELL or *Katatsumori no KARA* A snail SHELL :D
Psymon

Psymon

:shock: That's hectic ! So how would you say; _from an empty shell_ ? :wink:
Sayaka-Matsuura

Sayaka-Matsuura

Konnichiwa! That's an excellent question...but no joking here, to say From an empty shell - in Japanese you'd probably add EGG to shell, so egg shell and say: Kara no tamago no kara kara. *空のたまごの殻から:D* Notice that when you got the Kanji characters in there, you see that the first and second KARA have different Kanji's and the last one is just Hiragana.

lol thats fun to say
Psymon

Psymon

:D so desu ka.

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