From this week on for a while, I am going to post a JLPT N4 level vocab quiz on Fridays. The first topic today is 会う and 合う, both pronounced as あう.
“I’m meeting Emma. I get on very well with her.”
Which writing is correct?
I wrote about the kanji 合 this week and 会 a while ago.
Both 会う and 合う are read as あう and they look alike, so even Japanese native speakers sometimes make a mistake with these two.
会う is about meeting a person face to face while 合う is about meeting a target or being compatible.
気 is a difficult word to translate into English but here it means something like “spirit” or “mood”, so 気が合う means “to have compatible spirit” or “to be like-minded.” It is a rather common expression, so you should remember it as it is.
The answer is b.
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