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What is the difference between 林,森 and 森林?

I'm learning kanji and they are a lot of kanji that have the same or different meaning as other kanji. I would like to know when to use one kanji or word over another?

 

林(はやし)= woods, forest

森(もり)= woods, forest

森林(しんりん) = woods, forest

Jul 5, 2014 7:24 PM
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“林” emphasizes the plants or trees in the area,while “森” underlines the density of the trees or plants in the area.Therefore,“森林” as a combination of “森” and “林” refers to a forest.As kanji originates from China,you can also read some ancient Chinese books such as 《诗》、《书》、《礼》、《易》、《乐了》、《春秋》if you want to know more about Kanji or 汉字(Hanzi )in Chinese.

July 6, 2014