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Thursday, August 31, 2006

8 Planets in the Solar System

On August 24th, International Astronomical Union (IAU) carried that they eliminate Pluto from the planets in the solar system. It sounds like big historical change for astronomy, but it doesn’t affect my life at all even if a planet is eliminated or added, I think.

By the way, there is interesting way to memorize 9 planets including Pluto in English. “My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets” for example is well-know method, I heard there are several different saying like “…served us 9 pies” and “…served us nothing!”

In Japanese there is also one way to memorize 9 planets. That is “Sui Kin Chi Ka Moku Do Ten Kai Mei (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)” It may sound like Okyoh, but every Japanese people learns this at school, and can say anytime.

Sui Suisei (水星) Mercury
Kin Kinsei (金星) Venus
Chi Chikyu (地球) Earth
Ka Kasei (火星) Mars
Moku Mokusei (木星) Jupiter
Do Dosei (土星) Saturn
Ten Tennousei (天王星) Uranus
Kai Kaiousei (海王星) Neptune
Mei Meiousei (冥王星) Pluto

I think English version is much easier to memorize 9 planets. What about you? Are there any ways to remember 9 planets in your country?

If you are interested in 9 planets in Japanese, why don’t you remember them using “Sui Kin Chi Ka Moku Do Ten Kai Mei”?

Postscript:

Suisei (Mercury), Kinsei (Venus), Kasei (Mares), Mokusei (Jupiter), Dosei (Saturn) are visible with naked eyes, and they are considered as different from stars which make constellation. These Japanese names come from the thought in China. In China, people thought all things are constructed with 5 element; tree, fire, soil, gold and water. Therefore, Suisei is with water, Kinsei is with Gold, Kasei is with fire, and Mokusei is with tree and Dose is wit soil Chinese characters.

Tennessee (Uranus), Jalousie (Neptune) and Meioses (Pluto) are not visible with naked eyes, so they were discovered after telescope was invented. These names were simply translated from English name.


26 comments:

Ragge said...

Hey! How are you?
Luckily the battle for keeping Pluto isn't over yet. I don't think it has anything to say for me if it is nine or eight, but I just might be conservative, something I don't think I am... Weren't they suppose to add two planets too?
I think I've never learned the planets position, hmm... venus mercury, or was it the other way around? I give up, I'd better stick to oil rigs. Wish you a nice day!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the easiest way to remember is to think of the meaning of the kanji associated with each planet... although why Mercury uses "water" (水) I've no idea--it seems kind of counter-intuitive. But 金 for Venus makes sense, as the planet's yellow, and 火 for Mars, etc.

Incidently, when I first started studing Japanese, we were taught a similar little ditty for the days of the week: nichi-getsu-ka-sui-moku-kin-do, which we had to recite over and over again until we could do it in our sleep ^_^

Michelle said...

Perhaps the easiest way to remember is to think of the meaning of the kanji associated with each planet... although why Mercury uses "water" (水) I've no idea--it seems kind of counter-intuitive. But 金 for Venus makes sense, as the planet's yellow, and 火 for Mars, etc.

Incidently, when I first started studing Japanese, we were taught a similar little ditty for the days of the week: nichi-getsu-ka-sui-moku-kin-do, which we had to recite over and over again until we could do it in our sleep ^_^

soursop said...

pluto is out....

my indonesian science teacher taught us a modified indonesian children song to remember the planets' names and order in primary school.
i can still remember well the planets till today (since some 12 years ago?!) thanks to that song!! =)
well if pluto is out and 2 more new planets are in, it seems that my teacher will have to find new trick to make her students remember well as i do haha....

kayanon said...

ragge>

Yeah, some astronomers suggested to add 2 planets, Gallon and something I don't remember.

Oh, Don't people there learn 9 planets at school?

kayanon said...

Thank you for your comment, michelle.

I will check how planets name is created.

Hahaha. I have the same experience. When I learned Chinese in my collage, I climbed steps with saying number in Chinese. That was effective actually.

kayanon said...

soursop>

The song was sung in English? If so, I want to know that song!

soursop said...

nope, it's in Indonesian, but it's somewhat similar to English.
The song goes like this..
"Planet-planet itu 9.
Merkurius, Venus, dan Bumi.
Mars, Jupiter, Saturnus, Uranus, Neptunus, and Pluto."

Kuntry Konfession said...

i really love the fact you have us learning these japanese stuff, kayanon! thank you for taking the time!

kayanon said...

kuntry konfession>

My pleasure! I also love to share things about my country!

kayanon said...

soursop>

Interesting! Indonesian words look similar to English. Now, I can learn 9 planets in Indonesian! Thank you!

kayanon said...

I received a comment from my friend. She asked me a question about planets name in Japanese. Question is like this.

"Oh wow! You have written about the planets! I have been wondering about the planet names. Ne, can you tell me why the planets are called that? Mercuty uses the kanji for water... Venus uses the kanji for gold... Mars uses the kanji for fire... Jupiter uses the kanji for wood(?)... Saturn uses the kanji for earth(?)... what are the other kanji used for planet names?"

I answered to this question on my blog. Look at my post.

Kuntry Konfession said...

indonesia old language (javanese) looks sankrit-like.....pretty flowery calligraphy. but after the dutch colonised it, the alphabets were altered to generalized the islands that consisted over 17 thousands (?!) with each islands, there are different cultures/tribes/dialects/ language etc.....

Fabi said...

Wow! Its a very interesting story!!
We learned to remember the planets with

"Mein Vater erklärt mir jeden Samstag unsere neun Planeten" (My dad explains me every saturday our nine planets). But now, we can't say it anymore haha.

スロ / Bernat said...

Pluto will be a planet in my heart!! Doesn't matter what they say, Pluto is a planet.

kayanon said...

スロ>

I like the name of Pluto, by the way. Sounds cute!

kayanon said...

fabi>

Through this post, I can know there are original way to remember 9 plantes which is very interesting! Did you have to learn them at school, right?

kayanon said...

kuntry konfession>

Have you been to Indonesia? Since I have never been to Asia countries but Japan,,,

Pierre-Yann said...

You didn't explain for the Earth.
I looked in my kanji book, so it's earth (ground) and ball (sphere, globe).

From where comes this word? Because in the european language I know, the Earth it the same as earth, without any idea of a spheric object.

And what the difference between chi from chikyu and do from dosei? I found the same meaning in my book.

kayanon said...

pierre-yann>

I don't know the exact meaning of Chikyu, but Earth is very special and precious place for human, so only Chikyu has different name from other planets, I guess.

Chi means ground, and do means soil. It can be same, but different.

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