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Already at the initial level of learning kanji I was faced with a problem, please explain what is the difference between 阳 and 日 and because they both mean "sun" ?

For learning: Japanese
Base language: English
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    Actually the one on the left isn't really used (might be more Chinese...) 日 is the main one. When actually referring to the Sun, you want to say 太陽 (たいよう、taiyou). 日has the meaning of "sun" or "day" but is often used in compound words, for which you'll just have to memorize the meaning... I hope that helps a little bit! It can be confusing but the more you practice, the more you'll get all the little nuances.

    阳 is the simplified character for 陽 and this simplified version is not used in Japanese. It is also rarely used singly to refer to sun. Rather, you would use 太陽 (taiyo-) to say "sun" in Japanese. 日 also means "sun" in Japanese, and it is not at all mysterious that there are two words for sun in Japanese. One (taiyo) comes from Chinese, and the other (hi) is a native Japanese word. So in everyday life, you can say "hi ga seta 日が出た" (the sun came out), "hi ga shizunda 日が沈んだ" (the sun set), where "hi" refers to the sun.

    In English, we also have two words to refer to the same thing. For example, we have the word "dog" and the word "canine." "Dog" is a native English word, and "canine" comes from Latin. So in other words, there is no reason to be alarmed when a language has two words that refer to the same thing. :)

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