That's interesting about your students not understanding the Jpn, either.
Peter A Goldsbury wrote:
gen-ki (fit, well), denki (electricity), buki (weapons), ninki (term of office), and jaki (devil), the second character is read/pronounced the same, but the character and also the meaning is quite different in each case.
Any plans to write a book, Peter? You could write so many on aikido and I'd buy every one. Twice or more, probably, the way I buy Ellis' as gifts to aiki-buddies.
Bokken and Keyboard by Pete Goldsbury;
Aikido and Japanese Culture by P.A. Goldsbury;
Remembering Osensei's DESHI by Peter Goldsbury;
Aikido Shihan and the Harmony of Admin Meetings by Peter Goldsbury;
The Spiritual Pretensions of Aikido by Peter Goldsbury
...works for me, anyway...