Kanshudo Component Builder
Draw a component:
Type a component or its name:
Choose from a list:
Change component list
By default the Component Builder shows the most common Joyo kanji components (ie, components which are themselves Joyo kanji, or which are used in at least 3 other Joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

For details of all components and their English names, see the Component collections.
Kanshudo Component Builder Help
For detailed instructions, see the Component builder how to guide.
To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of. Once you have identified any component, search for it in any of three ways:
  1. Draw it in the drawing area
  2. Type the name in the text area
  3. Look for it in the list
Example: look up 漢
  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
  • Draw any of these components (one at a time) in the drawing area, and select it when you see it
  • Alternatively, look for a component in the list. 氵 艹 口 each have three strokes; 夫 has four strokes
  • If you know the meanings of the components, type any of them in the text area: water (氵), grass (艹), mouth (口) or husband (夫)
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.
Kanshudo Component Builder Drawing Help
The Kanshudo Component Builder can recognize any of the 416 components listed in the chart below the drawing area. Tips:
  • Draw a component in the center of the area, as large as you can
  • Try to draw the component as it appears in the kanji you're looking up
  • Don't worry about stroke order or number of strokes
  • Don't draw more than one component at a time
Not finding your component?
If you believe you've drawn your component correctly but the system is not recognizing it, please:
Let us know!

The Kanshudo Blog

Welcome to the Kanshudo blog! The most recent entries are displayed here; click on any headline to read the full post. Older posts are linked from the bottom of the page.
Search the blog using Site search. Enter 'blog' as one of your keywords to restrict your search to blog posts. For example: blog kanji

Quick Study Improvements

Posted: 2020-10-23 | Tags: quickstudy study flashcards features
Quick Study is one of Kanshudo's most powerful features: you can use it to quickly review material to identify what you need to work on, or to test yourself on material you already know.
What is Quick Study?
Quick Study is rather like 'disposable flashcards'. Quick Study presents material with all the same study options as Kanshudo's advanced spaced repetition flashcard system - you can view Japanese to English or the reverse, display furigana or not, and optionally type in your answers.
However, unlike flashcards, items in Quick Study disappear when you have learned them, and by default, won't affect your mastery scores. So if you like, you can use Quick Study without affecting anything in the system. However, you can customize Quick Study in various ways - for example, you can have it create flashcards for items you don't know, or update your mastery scores based on your answers.
What can I study?
Quick Study works across the entire system, so you can quickly study:
  • Kanji, kana, words or grammar points
  • Kanji components
  • Your favorites
  • Your flashcards - Kanshudo can identify cards you've recently forgotten, cards you are finding difficult to learn, or just create random study sets across all your flashcards
Settings and options
Quick Study is highly customizable. Some of the options you can modify include:
  • Automatically create flashcards for items you get wrong
  • Include a button to manually create a flashcard for any item
  • Include YES / NO buttons of the front of cards so you can very quickly jump to the next
  • Drop cards immediately or wait until you know them
  • Update your mastery scores based on your answers
  • Keep score of your correct and incorrect answers
Quick Study has two preset modes, Learn and Test, which automatically configure these options for you.
How to launch Quick Study
Quick Study is accessible from the main STUDY menu at the top of every page. You will also be prompted to do a Quick Test from time to time in your study recommendations. You'll also see Quick Study or Quick Test buttons around the system, easily identifiable by the icon. Here's a link to the Quick Study home page so you can check it out now.

Ogawa Mimei stories in the Reading Corner

Posted: 2020-10-19 | Tags: reading
We are delighted to announce three new additions to the Kanshudo Reading Corner, which together comprise a delightful story by
(Ogawa Mimei), a prolific writer of short stories known in Japan as the founder of modern children's literature.
Ogawa's stories are excellent learning material for modern students of Japanese, as his use of language is varied but not overly complex, and he rarely uses constructions not used in modern Japanese. While billed as 'children's stories', the themes often deal with the passage of time and life, and provide appeal and interest for adult readers.
The story these three pieces are based on,
, The Life of a Musical Instrument, describes the life and times of a magical musical instrument. We've classified it as Intermediate, but the grammar is not too complex, and students of all levels might want to give it a try.
We are greatly indebted to J. D. Wisgo for allowing us to use his excellent translation of this story, and we hope to be able to bring you more material by Ogawa and J.D., so if you like this piece, please let us know! For more information on J.D.and his work, head over to the Reading Corner and look for the three new pieces - here's a direct link to the introduction of the first part.
If you are following Kanshudo's study program by working on the study tasks our Japanese teaching AI recommends for you on your Dashboard, you will automatically see suggestions to read these pieces.

Play Sentence Builder for a grammar point

Posted: 2020-09-22 | Tags: games
We're pleased to announce that you can now play Kanshudo Sentence Builder for a specific grammar point, just as you can with Kanshudo Grammar Match! Currently you can play Sentence Builder with 103 grammar points at various levels of difficulty, and we are adding more daily.
Sentence Builder is a challenging game, because it tests your understanding of sentence structure as well as vocabulary. It's a fun way to solidify your understanding of grammar in context. Each sentence you build automatically affects your grammar mastery for all linked grammar points (not just the one you are playing for. You also earn study points for every sentence and every game you complete.
To play Sentence Builder for a specific grammar point, visit the grammar point in the grammar library, and then click the PLAY SENTENCE BUILDER link. For example, try it with the ので grammar point. To reset the setting, just choose another grammar point, or visit your Sentence Builder settings and click the RESET button.

Inflection showcase

Posted: 2020-06-26 | Tags: tools newfeatures grammar
Have you ever wanted to check how an irregular verb conjugates? Or quickly see how an inflection differs for two Japanese verbs? Or just wanted a quick refresher on the inflections of an adjective or verb?
Our new Inflection showcase makes it extremely easy to look up standard inflections. You can select a given part of speech such as a class of adjective or verb, and see either basic or advanced inflections with a single click. You can then jump to articles in our Grammar library on any of the inflections, or look up all words in Japanese tagged as the part of speech you've selected.
The Inflection showcase makes it super easy to learn and test your knowledge of both standard and advanced conjugations for verbs, adjectives and more.
Kanshudo's tools for helping you learn Japanese grammar
For a visual summary of your personal progress with Japanese grammar, check our your personalized Grammar mastery wheel.
For more information on Kanshudo's tools for helping you learn and use inflections, see our 'how to' guide, Understanding inflections and conjugations.
Our Grammar library is a searchable reference resource with about 800 articles on Japanese grammar, graded by usefulness / JLPT level, and complete with many thousands of examples.
For practice, try our grammar games, including Grammar Match, Sentence Builder and Sentence Complete.
For study recommendations specific to your personal situation, check out your Dashboard.

Lock in current Kanshudo Pro pricing!

Posted: 2020-06-18 | Tags: pricing sales
In the five years since Kanshudo was founded, we have become one of the leading Japanese language learning platforms. Tens of thousands of students study Japanese kanji, words and grammar with Kanshudo, and our platform provides the most sophisticated, comprehensive, and enjoyable approach to learning Japanese available online.
In all that time, we have not increased our prices once! However, our costs have risen dramatically as we have added functionality and users, and the time has come to bring our prices back in line.
Before we do, we are announcing a very special opportunity. We will not be increasing pricing for current Kanshudo Pros. So, if you are already Pro, or you go Pro any time before the end of July, you can 'grandfather' (lock in) our current pricing for as long as you maintain your Pro status!
Lock in current Kanshudo pricing of $30 per year or $3 per month!   Go PRO
Our 'beta pricing', $30 for a year or $3 for a month, was set when we were focused exclusively on kanji, before we had a comprehensive grammar library, a custom AI for personalized study plans, a reading library, Challenges and most of our games, or any of the other great features we have introduced over the years. In the meantime, our costs have increased as the complexity of the system and the demand have grown. So, in the next month or two, we will be increasing our prices to bring them back in line with costs, which will be around double the current level.
Lock in current Kanshudo pricing of $30 per year or $3 per month!   Go PRO
Our competitors have not held back on price increases - a recent survey showed us that many popular Japanese apps cost over $100 per year, and some cost several times that. Some claim to be free and then charge when you least expect it ... Kanshudo offers more value and functionality than any of them, including completely free access to most features of the site with usage limits, and study coupons that reduce costs greatly. A whole year costs less than a single textbook or classroom lesson could cost!
If you act now, you will maintain the incredible value our current pricing provides - indefinitely.
Note: if you would prefer to go Pro with PayPal, please let us know.