Japanese Word Entry

半可通
Kana:はんかつう
Romaji:hankatsuu
Definition: superficial knowledge, smatterer

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Chinese characters used in this word

half, middle, odd number, semi-, part-
Readings
Mandarin: ㄅㄢˋ (bàn), ㄆㄢˋ (pàn)
Cantonese: bun3
Japanese: ハン (han) / なか.ば (nakaba)、 なかばする (nakabasuru)
Korean: 반 (ban)
Vietnamese: bán

can, passable, mustn't, should not, do not, may, -able, possibly
Readings
Mandarin: ㄎㄜˇ (kě), ㄎㄜˋ (kè), ㄍㄜ (gē)
Cantonese: hak1, ho2
Japanese: カ (ka)、 コク (koku) / -べ.き (-beki)、 -べ.し (-beshi)、 よい (yoi)、 べし (beshi)、 ばかり (bakari)
Korean: 가 (ga), 극 (geug)
Vietnamese: khả, khắc

traffic, pass through, avenue, commute, counter for letters, notes, documents, etc., common, communicate
Readings
Mandarin: ㄊㄨㄥ (tōng), ㄊㄨㄥˋ (tòng)
Cantonese: tung1
Japanese: ツウ (tsuu)、 ツ (tsu)、 トウ (tou) / とお.る (tooru)、 とお.り (toori)、 -とお.り (-toori)、 -どお.り (-doori)、 とお.す (toosu)、 とお.し (tooshi)、 -どお.し (-dooshi)、 かよ.う (kayou)
Korean: 통 (tong)
Vietnamese: thông