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

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 over 1300 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.

New game: Sentence Builder

Posted: 2020-06-06 | Tags: games
One of the best ways to practice your understanding of Japanese grammar is to actually build sentences yourself. As its name suggests, Kanshudo Sentence Builder lets you do just that!
Sentence Builder has been available as part of lessons and Challenges for a while, but now you can play it whenever you like directly from the PLAY menu.
You can choose the difficulty level of sentences to play with, so you can focus directly on your level. Each sentence you build will automatically affect your grammar mastery for any linked grammar points. You will earn study points for every sentence and every game you complete. Additionally, you can track your high scores!

New Word Collections

Posted: 2020-05-13 | Tags: vocabulary kanji collections reference
The best way to learn Japanese kanji readings is to learn the most useful words that use them. In the same way, it is easier to learn words when you can tie your knowledge of the word to the kanji used to write it.
We're delighted to introduce several new vocabulary collections which address both of these issues at once, and are ideal for building both your kanji knowledge and vocabulary: the most useful word for every reading of every kanji.
See the new collections here
There are 2136 Jōyō kanji, which in total have 4266 official readings (an average of 2 readings per kanji), so the collections present 4266 words. Learning these words is the best way to ensure you know all key readings of each of the 2136 Jōyō kanji, and a great way to learn 4266 of the most useful Japanese words.
Additionally, we include the subset of 3319 words which are 'level-appropriate' - i.e., the words most useful to learn when you first encounter the kanji. (Some readings of kanji are much less common, and not worth learning until you reach a higher level.)
Use these collections to create flashcards, add favorites, test yourself with Quick Test, or play study games!

Dynamic details and furigana toggle for example sentences

Posted: 2020-05-01 | Tags: examples search usability furigana
Regular users of Kanshudo will know that clicking any kanji or word in search results will bring up a 'quick view' with key information, enabling you to answer most questions you might have without clicking through to the details view on its own page.
Now, example sentences have something similar: click any word in an example sentence's short form view, and a new section we call 'dynamic details' will load containing all information pertinent to that word: for example, any grammar points that touch on that word, inflections, word details, and details of any kanji it contains.
Additionally, we're delighted to announce a feature that has been requested many times: the ability to toggle furigana for example sentences! You can now click the icon to the left of any example to turn furigana on or off. You can modify your default preference in your Account page.
Let's look at an example (no pun intended!):

People often say that Japanese is a difficult language.
First, go ahead and click the furigana icon - notice how the furigana (kana characters that show you how to read/pronounce kanji words) appear / disappear.
Next, click on 言われる: you'll see the 'dynamic details' view appear with details of the inflection being used, the word 言う, and the kanji 言. There's a SEARCH link so you can search for 言われる in Quick Search, and if you want similar information for all words in the example at once, you can click the DETAILS link.