This one is pretty easy to break down. 復 means “multiple” and can be seen in such useful compounds as 複数 (ふくすう, “multiple numbers” → plural) and 複雑 (ふくざつ, “multiple miscellaneous” → difficult, complicated).
習 you should recognize from your basic set of verbs – 習う (ならう, to learn).
Put them together and you get 復習 (ふくしゅう) which means “to learn multiple times” or “to learn again” – to review.
Yes, it’s that time of year again – finals time. I’ve got several meaty projects I have to finish up before the second week in December, so How to Japonese will be taking a little break. I finish my last presentation on December 9, and I’m flying out to Japan for two weeks on December 10. Regular posting will resume at some point over the holidays, most likely at some point during my visit to Japan.
Until then, go ahead and “review” some of the old material from the site. I recommend:
– the three original posts.
– my definition of かわいそう
– proof that laughter is the best study partner
– my guide to kanji compounds
– any of the posts about “airbag expressions”
See y’all again in December!
(Psst. 復習 uses a different ふく than the “multiple” ふく of 複数 or 複雑. It can be found in 復讐, though. Sorry to randomly drop in from the internet like this, but if it was me I’d want to know >.<;)