# 間a period of time

(gate) + (sun, day)
★★★★★
12 strokes
SUF

 KAN

## Mnemonic

 It CAN take a period of time of up to a day to go from one gate (門) to the other.

## Kunyomi

 あいだ an interval of time - the time between event A and event B. ★★★★★ ま gate - never used by itself, though. Only in jukugo - sort of like a second ONyomi. (see below!) NUBI ★☆☆☆☆

## Jukugo

 時間(じかん) time ★★★★★ 時 (time) + 間 (a period of time) = 時間 (time) 間違い(まちがい) a mistake ★★★★★ 1/2 KANA 間 (a period of time) + 違 (different and therefore wrong) = 間違い (a mistake) Verb form; 間違える！ ｘｘｘ 間(かん) xxx amount of time ★★★★★ SUF xxx amount of time. You can't just say "one year" like in English. You have to add 'kan', the equivalent of saying, in English, 'one year's time.' for instance: 一年間 (いちねんかん）:one year's time 三週間 (さんしゅうかん）: three weeks' time With months, it gets even more complex: you have to add 間 at the end AND ヶ (pronounced 'ka') in the middle, like this: 三ヶ月間 (さんかげつかん）: three months' time 人間(にんげん) human ★★★★☆ FP 人 (person) + 間 (a period of time) = 人間 (human) に 間に合う(まにあう) make it in time ★★★☆☆ 間 (a period of time) + 合 (to suit) = 間に合う (make it in time) to make it in time - catching your train or not being late for class (this is the main time you use the "MA" pronunciation)